Welcome to Go Mailbag Awesome, where we answer your questions about Iowa sports. Technically these are tweets, not letters or emails or other mail-related items, but "tweetbag" is an unpleasant word. Just say it out loud... gross. So we're going with mailbag instead. We'll try to do this on a weekly basis. And if the bird app frightens or disturbs you, you can always email questions to ross-at-goiowaawesome-dot-com.
And away we go...
what blood magic did Phil Parker work this summer? Who did he summon? Where did he learn these rites!— Jordan Hansen (@jordyhansen) October 12, 2021
What happens in the the back woods of North Liberty stays in the back woods of North Liberty. We respect Phil Parker's dastardly black magick in this house.
Didnt get arrested Saturday. Whats Vegas saying for Saturday?— anyone can be an astronaut (@hawkize) October 12, 2021
-500 on an arrest for assault and battery if David Bell has 200 yards receiving.
Will Jeff Brohm be able to separate our backup corner from the herd?— Tallen (@TAllen_IA_MN) October 12, 2021
He's done it pretty much every season that Iowa and Purdue have played, so I think we know what's coming. Hell, the backup corner is probably going to be a starter out this week, with Terry Roberts likely to fill in for Riley Moss on Saturday. Scary Terry has been an unsung MVP for his efforts on special teams all season long, but he's going to have to prove his coverage chops on Saturday. And if we have to dip farther than Roberts, well, then we start getting to cornerbacks who have barely played at all in college, which is definitely some SPOOKY SZN shit.
Should we give Sean Clifford the heisman trophy now or wait until after the season?— Racecar Passenger (@racecarpassnger) October 13, 2021
Why wait? We don't need to see more than 40% of something to know who the winner will be.
I heard that there were 80 recruits at the game and some of them were prime time players, but I have heard nothing (for football) about who they were and what they thought about Iowa. Any insight?— ThisGuy (@schulzjj) October 13, 2021
Obligatory: caring is creepy.
But, yeah, it was a big big BIG recruiting weekend for Iowa. You can see a bit more about who was there here and here. There's insight into how their visits went here and here. Short answer: they loved it. Incredible atmosphere, great environment, loudest game they'd ever been to, etc. The game aspect of the visit could not have gone any better for Iowa. (That's not to say that the other parts of their visits didn't also go very well, but those parts of the visit aren't as visible as the game itself.)
It looks like Iowa's biggest gains in terms of recruiting after this weekend may come in the 2023 and even 2024 recruiting classes. One, a lot of the top 2022 prospects have already made commitment decisions. Two, Iowa's going to be taking a smaller class in 2022 because they also have a much smaller senior class this year. Iowa had some very big targets from the '23 and '24 classes at this game (like 5* OL Kadyn Proctor, 4* OL Cayden Green, 4* DL George Mickens, 4* Kyler Kasper and more) and this game certainly left a very favorable impression on them. Getting commitments from a few of those guys would be huge for the future.
But there could still be a big gain for the 2022 class as a result of this game, too. Iowa's in the final three for 5* safety Xavier Nwankpa (along with Ohio State and Notre Dame) and he reportedly loved his official visit last weekend. He's set to announce his commitment on December 8, so there's still a while to go before his decision is clear, but Iowa's apparently a legitimate contender to get him and that has a lot to do with his visit and, really, this entire season.
Why am I more nervous about the Purdue game than I am about the Wisconsin game?— Corndog (@IowaBoy13) October 12, 2021
Probably because you're scarred by what Jeff Brohm and Purdue have done to Iowa over the last four seasons, which is understandable. Iowa has the same record (3-1) against both Purdue and Wisconsin over that time span, but the Purdue losses have been... more frustrating? Maybe? There's also a little bit of letdown factor at play for the Purdue game, given that it's a week after the big Penn State clash. I think Iowa also knows how to beat Wisconsin they just struggle to do so because Wisconsin is often better than Iowa is at the things they want to do well (running the ball, avoiding turnovers, being stingy on defense, etc.). Iowa's still trying to figure out how to beat Purdue to a certain extent.
I went to the game on Saturday and the Drive-By Truckers concert at the Englert on Sunday. Will I have my hearing back by the Purdue game? (For the record, the 4th Down with the Hankins INT was the loudest moment of either)— Tom Ksobiech (@TomKsobiech) October 12, 2021
I don't know, but that is one absolutely awesome weekend you got to experience. Being at that Iowa game and seeing Drive-By Truckers live a night later is hell of a good reason to sacrifice your hearing for a bit.
Do we think Field Hockey will end the regular season undefeated #1?— WendyD (@hmbscully) October 12, 2021
If they beat #2 Michigan on Friday (2 PM CT, BTN), yes. They've dispatched all other challengers, but that 1v2 game with Michigan will be a big one. The Wolverines are also undefeated on the season and they're near the top of the Big Ten in most goals scored and fewest goals allowed. But Iowa is the best in both categories and they're at home. I think they get it done on Friday and finish out the regular season as the undefeated top-ranked team in the country.
Is it Deuce Hogan time yet?— Greg Mittelman (@MrMittelman) October 13, 2021
To call in plays? That's about the only thing Deuce is going to be doing this year, unless disaster strikes. He's still got a promising future at Iowa, but we're probably going to have to wait until 2022 or 2023 to get any extended glimpse of what we can do on the field.
Urban Meyer + Nick Saban combined career record vs. Iowa: 3-4— The Bizarro Max Fan Club (@Arch_Hawk) October 13, 2021
Jeff Brohm: 3-1
Should we be concerned?
Yes, but Purdue should be more concerned about holding on to such an obvious coaching superstar. What's that?
listens to earpiece
Brohm is just 19-26 at Purdue against non-Iowa teams? Well, that doesn't really make me feel any better. Sigh. Damn him and his Kirk Ferentz voodoo doll.
That Meyer/Saban record is absolutely delightful, though. In case you're wondering:
Nick Saban: 1-3 vs Iowa (1-2 at Michigan State, 0-1 at LSU)
Urban Meyer: 2-1 vs Iowa (1-0 at Florida, 1-1 at Ohio State)
Better Heisman chances, Punt God or Linderbaum?— Michael Hammond, CSCS, TPI (@michaelhammond_) October 12, 2021
Tory Taylor has been our ride-or-die Heisman guy for two years now, so we're pretty loathe to give that up. But it's also a lot of fun to see Tyler Linderbaum getting some love for his extraordinary play at the fulcrum of Iowa's offensive line. It would be absolutely surreal (and wonderful) to see an offensive lineman in the Top 10 for the Heisman vote.
Tyler Linderbaums run blocking grade the last four weeks:— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 11, 2021
Week 6 - 87.3 (1st)
Week 5 - 84.8 (1st)
Week 4 - 80.9 (2nd)
Week 3 - 87.5 (1st) pic.twitter.com/1prZ7hHP7J
Dude is an absolute beast, though.
"Why am I so certain Iowa will beat Purdue by (at least) three scores?"— Big Ten Babadook Go Hawks (@MightyFeklhr) October 12, 2021
No idea, but I like where your head's at. If the defense continues to force turnovers at a furious rate, a multi-score victory is definitely a possibility. If the turnover margin is closer to zero, though, this game is much more likely be to a tight slog.
woULd Penn sT haVE dOmINatEd iOWa iF cLIFfoRd didNT gEt HuRT?? pic.twitter.com/M0bTezmkDo— Joe Dvorak (@jtdvorak) October 13, 2021
A great QB gets the ball in the hands of his playmakers as much as he can. Why does Petras get so much criticism when he gets the ball in Tory's hands so effectively?— Kyle Huston (@khuston1441) October 13, 2021
Finally, the brilliance stands revealed. We take back every criticism we ever had of you, Spencer.
That seems like the perfect note to end on, too -- go Hawks, Go Iowa Awesome, and see you next week.