I got a fever, and the only prescription, is more..... Hawkeye sports. Thank God there will be plenty of action in the coming days. The weather is beautiful in Iowa City and things are actually looking just about as beautiful in the world of Hawkey sports.
The culmination of spring football practice comes this Saturday as the Hawkeyes take on, well the Hawkeyes in the Spring Games. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 17th at historic Kinnick Stadium. A crowd of 20,000-plus is expected.
Unfortunately, the one position group most fans are looking forward to watching next fall will not be on display Saturday. It is rumored that none of the projected top four running backs for 2010 will be on the field on the 17th. RS sophomore Jewel Hampton is still recoving from his torn ACL and has not practiced all spring. His two replacements last fall, Brandon Wegher and Adam Robinson, are also recovering from injuries (although minor) and will not be participating.
The fourth running back is said to be the next coming of Shonn Greene. Unfortunately, incoming freshman Marcus Coker did not graduate early to enroll at Iowa in the spring so Hawk fans won't get a taste of his abilities until next fall at the earliest. Some are speculating that Coker may red-shirt this season to add some balance to the class spread in the running back corps going forward (the top three RBs are all sophomores this season).
Even without the star-studded running backs, this weekend looks to be an exciting glimpse into what could be in store for Hawk fans come August. Big question marks remain about how the void at corner back will be filled and who exactly will be stepping in to the many holes on the offensive line. Many of those questions will remain after Saturday, but we should all at least have an idea of what the coaches are thinking.
Off the gridiron, there is a lot of other excitement around Iowa City this weekend. Elite Sports USA will be hosting an AAU tournament for teams in the 15-Under, 16-Under and 17-Under groupings at the Field House (the athletic facility, not the drinking establishment) beginning Saturday at 8:00 am and ending Sunday evening.
Among the players expected to be on hand are several 2011 prospects from within the state of Iowa, including Josh Oglesby, Jarrod Uthoff and Seth Tuttle. In addition, a few 2010 prospects are expected to participate, including 6'4" Chim Kadima, who originally committed to ISU, but has since re-opened his recruiting.
While D-1 coaching staffs are not allowed to attend, there is no question there will be a few "friends of coaches" hanging around Iowa City to see the talent. Hawks fans can only hope the beautiful weather matched with the hype from the spring game will serve as a beautiful scene for these prospects to keep in mind come signing day. If all goes well, we may just see a familiar face or two in the coming years. Be sure to get out and enjoy everything Hawkeye Nation has to offer this weekend, it is shaping upto be a good one.