Iowa Hawkeye linebacker Shane DiBona who participated in all 13 games last season (started two of those) will miss the rest of the season after his Achilles injury he suffered Wednesday. DiBona was listed as the number two outside linebacker after the first week of camp. DiBona is supposed to make a full recovery after his successful surgery Thursday morning at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Dibona also had shoulder surgery this off-season as well as being hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis.

One of the more heated off-season position battles on the Hawkeye roster was at the weak side linebacker between DiBona and Christian Kirksey. Kirksey is now the projected starter with Anthony Hitchens the likely back up, who will now expect to have a role with the Hawkeye defense. sophomore Dakota Getz could also see some action when cleared to play.

DiBona made a big impact on special teams last season and now with the injury, its nothing but a negative impact. Quinton Alston will likely see loads of playing time now that Dibona is down. DiBona and Iowa could apply for a medical hardship. DiBona already used up his red shirt so it will be tough for him to get the hardship. Iowa has talent to take over for DiBona, if anything it affects depth.

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Unless you have forgotten to pay your cable and/or internet bill for the last several months, you all should know the situation that the Ohio State football program is currently enduring. You also should know that one of the most highly respected on winningest head coaches in the NCAA was forced to resign when it was known that Jim Tressel knew some of his players had broken NCAA rules and he did not report it for more than nine months.

After Tressel’s resignation he was surrounded with  support from current and former Ohio State athletes. Current and former coaches around the NCAA gave Tressel loads of respect by posting on their twitter pages are they complimented Tressel when asked to comment on the situation.

incoming freshman who were recruited by tressel also displayed respect for their Tressel, until it was taken away from them. Freshman football players at Ohio State displayed wristbands on their wrist that said “JT” which stands for Jim Tressel. Two days later the freshman who thought they were proudly respecting their university’s former coach, had their wristbands taken away after their compliance department thought the wristbands could be an NCAA violation. The players were refunded money for their wristbands while the compliance department is looking into the matter. The wristbands were worn at a news conference Wednesday. When the players turned in their wristbands they were refunded $15, the price they paid the OSU staffer who made the wristbands. Read the rest of this entry »


Michigan Wideout Darryl Stonum will redshirt the 2011 season, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke announced Sunday. Stonum was arrested on drunken driving charges in May and was later suspended indefinitely by Hoke.  The senior from Stafford, TX is a three-year letterman at Michigan as well as over 1,000 receiving yards.

“While it would be great to have Darryl on the field this season, we feel it is
in his best interest and the best interest of our program for him to redshirt,”
said Hoke. “Darryl will continue to be an important part of our team and family.
He has done everything we have asked him to do, but our number one priority is
to help Darryl grow as a person.”

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Posted: August 2, 2011 by Alex Matson in Big Ten Football


Will the Hawkeyes make it back to a BCS bowl entering the season under the radar like in 2009?

When it comes to a team that excels under the radar the Iowa Hawkeyes have to pop into your mind. It seems year after year the Kirk Ferentz squad can pull off the unthinkable upset. We all know as college football fans that the Hawkeyes have a lot more success when under the radar than in the spotlight. Two years ago, when Iowa won the Orange Bowl, nobody had any idea the Hawkeyes would be headed to Miami and nearly Pasadena for the Rose Bowl. With nearly every play maker back the following year (last year) the expectations were high for the hawks and they flat-out could not finish games. The 2010 expectations were so high for the Hawks and 8-5 season and an Insight Bowl victory over the top 15 ranked Missouri Tigers was a disappointing year. With the Hawkeyes under the radar in 2011, they are clearly the Dark Horse in the Legends Division. Read the rest of this entry »


Adrian Clayborn was the Bucs First Round Pick

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN (sense the pattern), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a deal with first round pick Adrian Clayborn, who becomes the first first round pick to sign after two of his other teammates had already done so in Tampa.

Clayborn was selected out of Iowa in the first round by the Bucs, and is expected to contribute immediately to a very talented young defensive line. He underachieved in his senior season, but was still an All American performer.

He is a playmaker in every sense of the word, and is a four down player who can immediately impact this Bucs defense.


Dane Sanzenbacher could be one of those undrafted free agents we talk about for years to come

Dane Sanzenbacher led his Ohio State Buckeyes in receiving in 2010. He tied the record for most touchdown receptions in a game in week four in 2010. He was a team captain and MVP for the Buckeyes in 2010 and oh by the way, he wasn’t taken in the 2011 NFL draft. Why? I’m not really sure. On the bright side, he did agree to terms with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent after being contacted by 25 of the 32 NFL teams.

Sanzenbacher was one of the most valuable undrafted free agents this year and he also took less money to be with the Bears. Sanzenbacher turned down a $20,000 signing bonus from one team and accepted much less from the Bears because he thought they offered a good opportunity to make the team and he considered himself a good fit for Mike Martz’ offense.

At 5’11 182lbs Sanzenbacher may seem small to play at a high level in the NFL but I don’t always like to look at measurables to judge an athlete and their ability to perform. Sanzenbacher excelled at a high level in the Big Ten and out played a lot of Big Ten secondaries. The Big Ten has some of the better defenses in the country so with that exposure for the last four years of his life, that should lead him to success in the NFL. Read the rest of this entry »