IOWA CITY, Ia. — The one-season experiment with Ryan Boyle at wide receiver has ended for the Iowa football team.
Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said Thursday that Boyle has asked to move back to quarterback for spring practices next month.
“So we’ve made that move — not that we’ve done anything, football-wise. He’s out throwing the ball,” Ferentz said of Boyle.
IOWA CITY — There aren’t a lot of Xs to put with the Os just yet.
With staff positions now filled, Iowa football coaches sat down late last week and tossed around a few ideas.
Part of it entails a review of what worked and what didn’t during the Hawkeyes’ 8-5 season last fall. Part entails plans for the future, just what Iowa is capable of given the talent it will put on the field next fall and what wrinkles new offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz plans to install.
Tony Romo will have a new football home in 2017, it's only a matter of where and when. Whether he's released or traded by the Dallas Cowboys, it's clear Romo and his $24.7 million cap hit for next season are no longer a fit for the only NFL team he's known. But Romo would plug in nicely to a lot of other lineups around the league. Here are eight destinations that make sense on various levels:
This is a potentially perfect marriage and, according to an ESPN report, Romo’s top choice. He would join a team that's won the maligned AFC Souththe past two years despite a 9-7 record and woeful quarterback contributions each time. Houston's primary offensive weapons (RB Lamar Miller and WR DeAndre Hopkins) were inhibited by Brock Osweiler's struggles in 2016, which caused coach Bill O'Brien to yank out any hair he had left. But Romo, supported by a defense that ranked first without J.J. Watt, could change all that — though the Texans would need to fortify the pass protection in front of him. Houston's cap situation means Romo would probably have to accept less here than other places, but it does send him to a potential contender.
Young is so serious about making a comeback that he officially hired an agent this week. Leigh Steinberg, who has represented the likes of Troy Aikman and other football players, announced on Wednesday that he’s now taking on Young as a client.
Here's something that will make Bears fans salivate: Super Bowl hero Julian Edelman thinks Jimmy Garoppolo is comparable to Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
Edelman was on NFL Network Tuesday night and sang Garoppolo's praises:
"I'm not a paid GM, so I don't know the whole value thing. But as far as a guy that I get to play with every single day, Jimmy Garappolo, the guy's a stud. He went out and played in the regular season and he played very well. He's got that kind of gunslinger-like confidence. That Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers kind of confidence. He practices hard, he prepares hard. He's a good kid, he's young, I think he's a good player."
There will be some big holes to fill for Iowa if it wants to return to the summit of the West Division in 2017. And there will be a new play-caller, with offensive line coach Brian Ferentz taking over for the retiring Greg Davis. Add it all up, and 2017 shapes up as interesting season in Iowa City.
There is work to be done, as Kirk Ferentz enters his 19th season on the sideline of Kinnick Stadium. Among other things, depth is needed at cornerback with the losses of Desmond King and Greg Mabin. And keep an eye on special teams play, with the loss of punter Ron Coluzzi and return specialist King.
Here are three key areas to watch this spring.
And to celebrate, she graces not one, but three (!) different covers.
The theme of this year’s issue centers on body diversity and age inclusion, something that was very important to SI Swim editor MJ Day. It’s also one of the reasons Upton was “proud” to return to the magazine.
Two coaches who already know what it is like to a win a football game at Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium are the newest members of the Hawkeye coaching staff.
North Dakota State offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tim Polasek and Northern Illinois wide receivers and special teams coach Kelton Copeland were named Tuesday to fill the two existing vacancies on Iowa’s offensive staff.
Both were on the coaching staffs of visiting teams which knocked off the Hawkeyes at home in recent seasons — Polasek last season when the Bison won 23-21 at Iowa and both Polasek and Copeland in 2013 when the Huskies earned a 30-27 victory at Kinnick Stadium.
Polasek will become the Hawkeyes’ offensive line coach while Copeland will coach receivers, a position he coached last season after coaching running backs from 2013-15 at Northern Illinois. Copeland also worked as the Huskies' special teams coordinator.
But Montgomery scoffed at reports that Major League Baseball is considering a change in which extra innings will start with a runner at second base with no outs.
The NFL season has officially come to a close, but that doesn’t mean that football will fade into the woodwork. There really is no offseason in the NFL, and with all of the Tony Romo rumors floating around — not to mention others like Jay Cutler and Jimmy Garoppolo — the NFL trade rumor mill will be going strong all summer long.
Sure, the Super Bowl was a week ago, but it wasn’t until yesterday that it hit die-hard football fanatics when they turned on the television, and for the first time in over seven months there was no NFL football on a Sunday afternoon. The next step towards a new season is the first step towards making you team better, the NFL Draft.
Before all of the hoopla of the NFL Draft hits in April, several key players may be dealt to new teams or released, including Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Chicago Bears signal-caller Jay Cutler.