Anthony Nelson and Riley Moss Win Player of the Week Awards

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therealCatnuts's picture

Just find it funny that we have two defensive players honored in by far our worst defensive game/week of the year. 

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Hawk Guy's picture

I think we - our offense - handed them 14 points, which would put us closer to our average. We kind of did the same thing with Wisconsin, actually.

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Brinzerian Wisdom's picture

I love me some AJ as much as the next guy, but A Nelson has been the best DE on this team since 2016, and he still is.

Anthony is getting the benefit of AJ, just as AJ was benefitting from Anthony earlier this year. For the first 3 games, Anthony almost always free faced a double team leaving AJ with only one guy to beat. But the last two games that has changed, and AJ is often drawing the double team. The result is 4 sacks in 2 games by Anthony. It will be very interesting to see how teams decide to block it going forward.

Additionally, Nelson is a stud in run defense. He's probably already the best strong side DE of the Ferentz era.

Riley Moss came up huge in a tough spot. For a two star greyshirt freshman, it was downright amazing. That kid's got a bright future in the program. He could play all four db positions. Multiyear starter for sure.

But it goes to show that they are fairly superficial in their analysis and selection. Moss had more stats, but he was only the 2nd best true frosh CB starting their first game as a Hawkeye.

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houksyndrome's picture

Anthony Nelson is only a junior too.  We should have them both back next year, along with Golston rotating in.  We'll maybe add Daviyon Nixon in at DT as well.

Our defensive line is going to mess people up next year.

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chitownhawkeye's picture

It's got to be terrifying to opposing coaches that we're losing someone as good as Hesse, and the two remaining are arguably as good or better.

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IAinCA's picture

If A. Nelson keeps racking up sacks he may potentially get a round 2 draft grade and should jump at that opportunity. He is a RS Junior.

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TransplantedHawkeye's picture

Agreed re Moss stat line--the pickers obviously don't watch the games.

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Hayden High Kick's picture

In terms of points allowed, yes, but 14 of those points are on the offense turning the ball over deep in their own territory. Take that away and they didn’t allow much more than their season average.

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Hawk Guy's picture

Dammit! I should have kept reading! Said the same thing!

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mHawk56's picture

A trio of good DE's? Just waiting for someone to gif the snap and break on the play where Chauncey ran down Annexstad.  Pretty sure he killed the RG. Golston is the next great Iowa DE playing DT. Reminds me of Christian Ballard.

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tyger1147's picture

Not the right place, but I just read that Garza looks to be back in tie for the opener in a month, though it's no guarantee. 

Why is it taking longer to heal than "removal of a benign cyst" might indicate? Because that cyst was 9 FREAKIN' POUNDS!!!

It took a few ultrasounds and a CAT scan, but doctors eventually discovered a 9-pound benign cyst attached to Garza's spleen. Garza had surgery to remove it in early September, and he might even be back when the Hawkeyes open their season Nov. 8 against UMKC.

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/24933994/iowa-cen...

That's ridiculous. Good luck to him, and I'm glad he's healthy. Yikes!

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therealCatnuts's picture

Yeah, that’s incredible. For reference, a gallon of milk weighs 8.5 pounds. I would expect a 9 pound cyst (also, like all things body, mostly water weight) to be of similar volume to that gallon of milk. That’s just plain amazing he was carrying that around and now has it removed. 

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chitownhawkeye's picture

I wouldn't recommend this as a weight loss technique.

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Hawk's picture

That's like a full term baby he was carrying around.  So if he has a future pregnant wife who tells him he doesn't know what it feels like he can say "well actually..."   (any current/former pregnant women reading this, only kidding)

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Beltway Hawk's picture

lol, yeah, he can let us know how that works out for him! ;)

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Realmakoi's picture

Well, he could truthfully claim that if he pushed it out through his genitals.

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iowabeakster's picture

I struggled to comprehend this comment at first.  I read it and reread it.  Finally read back a comment or two.

Finally it clicked.  It was worth the effort.

Now, if I could only erase the mental image of Garza with a baby mid-shaft.

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tyger1147's picture

What's weird to me is that I always thought his stomach stuck out a little bit when he was running, and thought he was just sorta built like me with "a lotta guts" and an underdeveloped chest... and maybe that's what it was, but now, I'm like, "Ohhhh...."

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DC_HAWK's picture

I'm all for making light of this, but are we sure he is out of the woods regarding whatever the hell caused his body to create something that large?

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tyger1147's picture

If it's benign, it usually (not always) means that once it's removed, it's done. That there aren't some other causes to it that will keep going.

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DC_HAWK's picture

I was watching Riley Moss closely and even when he was getting "picked on," he still looked pretty good.  Some of those throw & catches from Minnesota were almost not defensible. He was pretty much always in the right spot (even if he was slow to react to some things), and all things being equal, the rules of the game tend to give the edge to receivers and big plays.  He's going to be a good one.

I'm more worried about Brents & Moss against the run. They look undersized (understandably), and having a great CB that can seal the edge has been key in stopping the run for Iowa defenses. Ojemudia looks really physical and tough out there against the run. King used to be as well.

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Beltway Hawk's picture

agree they are both skinny now (tho not as skinny as ISM still is), but both have the frames that should be able to fill out nicely for corners--Moss is a legit 6'0" (he's not one of those 5'9" guys that are listed as "6'0") and 185lb, and Brents is listed at 6'2" (I would have guessed 6'1", but still) 180lbs. They aren't shrimps. They just haven't been lifting weights Iowa-style for 2-3 years yet. This year they might be vulnerable to the run, we'll see. But next year they should be fine. 

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Good to see the Hawk D get the recognition it deserves.  Next test is Indiana.  If the offense stops gifting points the team has a chance to win every game on the schedule, including the game in Happy Valley.

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IGrokHawks's picture

Am I wrong or does Iowa regularly play 8 DL every game?  It has to be close to that.  That is awesome.  Clearly the strength of this team (I know, Nate, Noah, and co. are good too), and like folks in this thread are saying lots of young'uns, too.  This D is special.

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IAinCA's picture

This is probably the first time in Kirk's tenure where he has quality depth on the DL, in the past the drop off in talent from the starter to the backup was pretty stark. Reese and Parker have been doing working building this line and no question they hit the jackpot when they landed A.J. And if Waggoner, Nixon, Shannon, and Linderbaum achieve the hype around them then it could be beastly for a while.

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