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Iowa State football position preview: Linebackers have stars and depth

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 20, 2019 - 4:14pm
AMES — Iowa State linebackers coach Tyson Veidt has been seeing a lot more of his players in 2019. On May 30, in a pickup basketball game with the other coaches, Veidt came down with a...
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4 Downs with Iowa’s linebackers: 1 less job; still tons of competition

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 20, 2019 - 4:03pm
A closer look at the Iowa linebackers heading into the 2019 season Middle linebackers — Kristian Welch (6-3, 239, sr.), Dillon Doyle (6-3, 235, #fr.), Yahweh Jeudy (6-0, 201, fr.) Weakside...
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Iowa coordinators: Mekhi Sargent and Toren Young showing the way at running back

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 20, 2019 - 3:24pm
IOWA CITY — The Hawkeyes are 11 days from the first game. Some personnel decisions have been made, and some will remain a mystery until next Tuesday, when head coach Kirk Ferentz has his next...
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Iowa high school football preseason rankings: Western Dubuque, Waukon start No. 1 in 3A, 2A

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 20, 2019 - 3:08pm
The favorite’s role has flipped. Two of Western Dubuque’s three losses last season came at the hands of Cedar Rapids Xavier, including a 34-20 decision in the Class 3A state final. Now,...
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Iowa football position preview: Amani Jones excited to contribute as hybrid linebacker

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 20, 2019 - 1:43pm
IOWA CITY — He began last season as the top middle linebacker. But it took not even one full game before Amani Jones lost his job. Permanently. An over-eagerness that you sometimes see from...
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Week 0 Iowa high school football schedule, area preview

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 20, 2019 - 12:34pm
The 2019 Iowa high school football season kicks off Friday with a few Week 0 games around the state. Here's a look at a few key area games, with the complete schedule below. Collins-Maxwell at Iowa...
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Cornell football optimistic in 2019 due to depth of offensive, defensive lines

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 20, 2019 - 11:29am
MOUNT VERNON — Cornell College football coach Vince Brautigam said recruiting efforts have included bolstering the offensive and defensive lines. The emphasis on the guys up front seems to...
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4 Downs with Iowa’s defensive line: Lots of viable candidates for playing time

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 19, 2019 - 6:51pm
A closer look at the Iowa defensive linemen heading into the 2019 season. The DTs — Cedrick Lattimore (6-3, 295, sr.), Brady Reiff (6-3, 277, sr.), Daviyon Nixon (6-3, 309, so.), Noah Shannon...
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Iowa football position preview: 8 would be great for the defensive line

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 19, 2019 - 6:46pm
IOWA CITY — The Hawkeyes had been through eight days of camp going into media day on Aug. 9. Basically, for a 29-practice month, that’s the starting blocks. The Hawkeyes have a few...
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Those who have wrestled Tristan Wirfs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 19, 2019 - 6:32pm
MOUNT VERNON — The drop ceiling in the Mount Vernon wrestling room measures around 8 feet from mat to someone’s head going through the drop ceiling. Or their feet scraping that poor,...
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Iowa State football position preview: Defensive line resembles program’s growth

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 19, 2019 - 6:12pm
AMES — Iowa State’s defensive line is the Cyclones’ best position group. The line features two All-Big 12 players in JaQuan Bailey and Ray Lima and the third starter is the most...
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Iowa State football position preview: Quarterback Brock Purdy working on pocket presence

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 19, 2019 - 5:59pm
AMES — Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell tried to temper expectations on sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy. Campbell said all he wanted Purdy to do was progress from a freshman to a...
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Cedar Rapids Washington grad A.J. Puk gets the call to the major leagues

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 19, 2019 - 5:30pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — When the phone rings at 12:45 a.m., and it’s one of your children, you fear the worst. But in this case, it turned out to be the best. A.J. Puk is going to the major...
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4 Downs with Iowa quarterbacks: A senior leader and then 2020 hopefuls

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 19, 2019 - 1:19pm
A closer look at the Iowa quarterbacks heading into the 2019 season. The quarterbacks — Nate Stanley (6-4, 243, sr.), Peyton Mansell (6-2, 208, so.), Spencer Petras (6-5, 230, #fr.), Alex...
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Iowa football position preview: How the coordinator/quarterback deal goes at Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 19, 2019 - 11:24am
IOWA CITY — When Brian Ferentz was named Iowa’s offensive coordinator in 2017, the Iowa program needed to hire a quarterbacks coach. There’s some “industry...
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No. 2 most-interesting game on Iowa’s 2019 football schedule: Nebraska

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 19, 2019 - 8:21am
I believe in percentages. I believe in data. I believe in probabilities. I believe in math. Some people believe in superstitions. They are, of course, desperate characters. So am I, but I also...
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Football season is right around the corner

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 19, 2019 - 8:19am
Football is king. That may not be the boldest statement ever printed, but football has become not only our national pastime, but our national passion. If you haven’t noticed, even with...
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UNI football updates: QB competition progresses, defensive backs emerging

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 16, 2019 - 4:25pm
CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa football coach Mark Farley is pleased with the progress his team has made with over a dozen fall camp practices complete. “We looked at it last night and...
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Tristan Wirfs the freak, in the best way possible

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 16, 2019 - 2:08pm
CHICAGO — So, Tristan Wirfs is a freak. Athletically, not in real life and not in an Insane Clown Posse sort of way. Bruce Feldman has curated his “College Football Freaks” list...
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When it was time for Tristan Wirfs to really get the football on

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 16, 2019 - 1:50pm
MOUNT VERNON — Things happened fast during the early part of the 2017 Iowa football season. The Hawkeyes entered their second game, a trip to Iowa State with a brand-new quarterback named Nate...
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