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Don Lund

Are you ready for some Hawkeye football?

Hawk Talk

Iowa Hawkeye football media day is Thursday, Aug. 8, so it’s time to talk some football.
For the next couple of weeks I’ll be looking at the schedule plus breaking down the offense, defense and special teams.
The schedule has seven homes games and three of the first four at Kinnick Stadium.
The home opener against Northern Illinois could be good look at how the season will go.
The Hawkeyes have won the last 12 opening games. The last time they lost the first game was 2000, Kirk Ferentz’s second year.

Lone senior Theairra Taylor prepares to lead

Hawk Talk

Theairra Taylor started all 34 games last season for the Hawkeye basketball team as a junior.
She also played in all 31 games in her sophomore season.
Not bad for a player who had missed 53 games in her first two years because of knee surgeries.
The Hawkeyes started strong, knocking off four top-20 teams last season early in the year. They lost five straight Big Ten games in a row but still finished with 21 wins and hosted the first round of the NCAA tournament.
They beat Miami in the first game, then lost to Notre Dame, who went to the Final Four, in the second game.

Hawkeyes Devyn and Zach

hawk talk

This is the second part of a two-part story on Devyn Marble and Zach McCabe.
These are the last two recruits that Todd Lickliter signed before he was fired in the spring of 2010. Last week I talked about Devyn and how he came in as a role player and now is a full time starter.
In Devyn and Zach’s first yearm the Hawks were 11-20, 4-14 in the Big Ten. Devyn played in all 31 games, with six starts and averaged 5.7 points per game. Zach played in 31 games, had six starts and averaged 5.8 points.

Hawkeyes Devyn and Zach

Hawk Talk

Devyn Marble, Zach McCabe and Ben Brust all signed to play for the Hawkeyes and coach Todd Lickliter during fall 2009.
Coach Lickliter was fired in spring 2010. Ben bolted to Wisconsin while Devyn and Zach stuck with the Hawkeyes to play for new coach Fran McCaffery.
Iowa fans were thankful.
When Devyn and Zach were freshmen the Hawks finished 11-20, 8-8 at home. They were led by senior Jarryd Cole, who averaged 8.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and shot 57 percent from the floor.
Devyn played in all 31 games and started six. He averaged 19 minutes and scored 5.7 points per game.

Prime Time in NL

Hawk Talk

Prime Time is back in North Liberty for its 27th year. It is the longest running summer league in the U.S. and the main reason is Randy Larson, who not only runs the league, but coaches as well.
I remember watching him as a player-coach when the league started.
Randy and I are the same age, so I’ve always been impressed with his energy and passion for Hawkeye basketball.
I went to some of those games at City High when the league first started. There were two gyms and they both were hot.
I saw Chris Street, Jess Settles and even former Hawkeye football player Willie Guy play.

Hawk Talk

Game Time in NL

Game Time is back in North Liberty as the action started last week at the North Liberty Recreation Center.
It was business as usual as Melissa Dixon and Samantha Logic scored 41 and 29 points respectively. Melissa’s team won and Samantha’s lost on opening night.
Melissa, who was named the Big Ten’s Sixth Player of the Year, hit her first three 3-pointers and should be in the starting lineup when the season starts.
Samantha, whose, teamed trailed by 12 with five minutes left, hit a couple of threes and almost brought her team back.