Let the 2010 Iowa Hawkeyes Football season officially begin.
After Iowa's first practice of the season on Friday, the majority of the Hawkeye players and coaches participated in the highly-anticipated media day.
Iowa's Media Day is a chance to ask players and coaches about anything and everything. Members of the media use this opportunity to get down to the nitty gritty details that Hawkeye fans are dying to know.
Thanks to help from Bleacher Report, I was able to acquire an invitation to the event.
The material that was captured will help me provide readers with several stories in the time leading up to Iowa’s opening game against Eastern Illinois on September 4th. Here are some of the first-hand outakes I was able to quickly splice for your reading pleasure.
C.J. Fiedorowicz loves Tony Moeaki
Make no mistake about it, incoming freshman C.J. Fiedorowicz is looking to contribute to the team as a freshman.
Fiedorowicz was a highly touted recruit before declaring his intentions to attend Iowa. He was a USA Today all-American and ranked in ESPN's Top 150 recruits in the nation. He hopes to make his freshman year a memorable one by catching a couple touchdowns.
While being asked questions, Iowa’s newest tight end told the media that he was a big Tony Moeaki fan.
“When I was looking, first thing you heard in the Big Ten was 'Tony Moeaki', so that’s one of the reasons I came [to Iowa]," Fiedorowicz explained.
Adrian Clayborn reports that Ace is doing well
During an interview session prior to Iowa's 2010 Orange Bowl game, Clayborn brought along his nine-week-old pit bull puppy, Ace.
Ace was an instant hit, and questions inevitably drifted to his puppy.
Clayborn was asked if Ace would be attending the bowl game. "Probably not...he'll probably try to eat the sand," Clayborn said. Then he quickly reminded, "Better watch out for your cords cause he's probably chewin on them."
The mob around the senior defensive end was thick and repetitive during the recent media frenzy, which prompted me to think on my toes when it came time for me to as him a question.
Clayborn reports Ace is doing well and getting big. Leave it to me to ask the hard hitting questions.
Norm Parker might be a Hillbilly
During the question and answer session with Iowa's defensive coordinator, Cedar Rapids Gazette sports writer Mike Hlas wisely decided to ask a few out-of-the-box questions.
There were only a few of us still lingering around the coach at this point, and you could tell he was getting bored with the retirement questions. Having covered Hawkeye football for a number of years, Hlas knew about Parker's love for sprint car racing.
A lull in questions provided an opportunity to find out where the love comes from.
“I think I like the noise,” he told Hlas. “I like the dirt. And I like the people that go to it because they’re sort of like me. I’m not what you’d call a sophisticate. I’d be a good hillbilly."
DJK wanted the TD against Michigan State
Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos was clearly one of the crowd favorites.
Members of the press don't usually get the access to the uber-confident senior wideout that they (or he) would like. As to be expected, they made the most of their time during media Days.
During his time on the field with reporters, he was asked about the timeout prior to Iowa’s the last-second touchdown against Michigan State last season. Not surprising, Johnson-Koulianos wanted the ball.
“I don’t think there was a time I wanted the ball more.”
Junior wide receiver Marvin McNutt confirmed that DJK wasn’t happy when the decision went in favor of McNutt. “He gave me a look.”
Riley Reiff thinks Clayborn is Awesome
Offensive lineman Riley Reiff was also one of the more favorite targets for the media.
Reiff is set to replace Bryan Bulaga at starting left tackle. He was asked what it was like to go against an all-American like Clayborn in practice every day.
"I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Reiff said. “Going up against Adrian has helped me out a lot. I look forward to it. It’s going to help me out in the long run. It's definitely awesome."