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Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said senior RB Mark Weisman could be used at fullback this upcoming season.

Iowa has nine RBs on scholarship, and the burly Weisman has already proved he is an exceptional blocker. But the 6-foot, 240-pound senior has led the Hawkeyes in rushing each of the past two seasons, so moving him would also deprive the squad of perhaps it's best runner. "There really hasn't been a discussion at this point," Ferentz said. "Mark Weisman has flexibility being a fullback and running back, but hopefully it's a good problem. Hopefully, it ends up being a crowded position, we'll see. I think it has the potential for that." Weisman has a far better chance of reaching the next level as a primary FB who can also handle the ball.
Apr 13 - 9:34 PM

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz is scheduled to visit the Jets this week.

Fiedorowicz already met with the Bucs and is scheduled to travel to the Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. At Iowa, Fiedorowicz was underused during his time at Iowa, focusing on inline blocking and curl to out routes. He tested more athletically than he played, so Fiedorowicz might have upside in that area.
Apr 10 - 10:17 AM

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has four team visits scheduled in the next month.

Those four teams are the Tampa Bay Bucs, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. The Cowboys and Texans also have private on-campus workouts scheduled for Friday. Fiedorowicz is one of the top inline tight ends in this class, and his receiving skills were a bit underused at Iowa. He mainly focused on curl to out routes and was limited after the catch, but Fiedorowicz displayed more athleticism than anticipated at the Combine.
Mar 27 - 10:39 AM

Iowa LB James Morris is a "good athlete who needs to get stronger," writes NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt.

The analyst likes Morris' ability to play in space. At Iowa's pro day on Monday, Morris ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 and 4.59 seconds. He added a 4.17-second short shuttle time, a 6.86-second three-cone time, a 35-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot broad jump, and 18 bench reps.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 11:28 PM

Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes worked out Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz at the school's pro day on Monday.

Fiedorowicz (6-foot-5 3/4, 266 pounds) is "ok, but not great at catching the ball," according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, "but is a really good blocker." Fiedorowicz is a straight-line runner who tops out at average speed. While he'll never break an NFL defender's ankles in the open field, he'll have plenty of chances, as his 10 1/4'' hands suck in anything close. Fiedorowicz's catch radius and physicality guarantee a suitor on the draft's second day.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 11:11 PM

Former Hawkeyes cornerback William Lowe filed a lawsuit Monday in connection with a scandal three years ago that saw 13 players hospitalized after a high-intensity workout.

Lowe's suit contends that coaches and trainers didn't properly supervise him during the Jan. 20, 2011 workout. Lowe says Iowa was negligent in "developing and implementing a dangerous improper training program" and should pay unspecified damages for his pain and suffering. The suit states that Lowe and others reported "substantial leg pain and stiffness as well as abnormally dark urine" after that workout. Lowe never rejoined the team after the incident in question.
Mar 11 - 7:12 PM

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz measured in at 6 foot 5 and 265 pounds at the NFL Combine.

Although the weight was exactly as expected, Fiedorowicz's height has been documented as tall as 6-foot-7. Because of that, this news is a little disappointing. Fiedorowicz is a straight-line runner who tops out at average speed and will never make anyone miss in the open field, but he also has sticky 10 1/4'' hands that snare anything close. His catch radius and physicality will attract a selection on the draft's second day.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 5:09 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks slots Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz as the No. 4 TE, ahead of Notre Dame's Troy Niklas.

Niklas' size (6-foot-7, 270 pounds) and tools have earned him the No. 4 spot on most boards, but Brooks was swayed by the more workmanlike Fiedorowicz. "Traditional tight ends with strong hands are still coveted in pro-style offenses," Brooks wrote. "Fiedorowicz is a legitimate threat in the passing game, but is also a powerful blocker on the perimeter." Rotoworld's Josh Norris is a long-time supporter of Fiedorowicz because of the tight end's blocking ability and proficiency in curl to out routes.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 9:57 PM

Iowa senior G Conor Boffeli received an invitation to attend the NFL Combine.

According to draft insider Tony Pauline, Boffeli entered the year with an undraftable grade that projected a camp body. We have yet to watch Boffeli, but NFL teams respect Iowa for putting hard nosed players into the NFL.
Jan 27 - 10:31 AM

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz had four receptions for 46 yards in Wednesday's Outback Bowl defeat at the hands of LSU.

Fiedorowicz had only 30 receptions for 299 yards this season, but he had a team-high six touchdown catches. The 6-foot-7, 265-pound Fiedorowicz was a dangerous red zone weapon in the collegiate game, and we think his receiving skills will be utilized more in the pros than they were in Iowa's offense. Fiedorowicz is a strong blocker and possesses good straight-line speed. He figures to go on the second day of May's draft.
Jan 1 - 10:35 PM

Iowa junior T Brandon Scherff will return for the 2014 season.

We are kind of surprised by the news, as Scherff could have drawn a first-round selection. He is an outstanding run blocker and bullies defenders in space, but needs to improve his balance and base in pass protection. Our own Josh Norris recently ranked Scherff among the top 20 prospects in the class.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 03:11:00 PM

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz will attend the 2014 Senior Bowl.

Our own Josh Norris has always been a fan of Fiedorowicz due to his willingness to block and proficiency in curl to out routes. He has been one of the more underutilized talents the last few years, but Fiedorowicz does lack yards after the catch ability.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 01:01:00 PM

Iowa dismissed junior LB Marcus Collins following a drunken driving charge.

Collins, a reserve linebacker, was arrested early Friday morning by Iowa City Police. He had already been serving a three-game suspension for undisclosed reasons. Collins appeared in six games this season.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 09:21:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper called Iowa junior T Brandon Scherff a nasty run blocker.

"He will lock up a defender and try to pancake the guy right until the whistle, and sometimes for that split-second of emphasis after," Kiper writes. Obviously Iowa has a strong history of producing tough offensive linemen, and Scherff could be the next in line. "I think he's easily in the first-round mix at this point, and is right there with Taylor Lewan as the best blocker in the Big Ten this season."
Source: ESPN
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:49:00 AM

Iowa junior RB Mark Weisman will likely play against Ohio State this weekend after recovering from a foot injury.

Weisman sat out Iowa's game against Michigan State, and the Hawkeyes failed to generate anything positive on the ground. The junior's return should help, since he is average 104 yards per game.
Source: The Gazette
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 11:13:00 AM


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