The story pretty clearly here is the play of the TE's and Adam Robinson.
Robinson was more than solid all day as he broke double digit tackles, scored 3 TD's and moved the chains at will. He showed an improved pad level and looked to be much stronger in the lower body. He consistently was moving forward in piles and seemed to be falling forward on almost all carries. He had to dodge a pretty fair number of penetrating defenders throughout the day and only had 1 real mishap there in an otherwise perfect day. His blitz pickup also was sound all day and consistently got a hat on blitzing LB's. Great game for Mr. Robinson.
Iowa being a TE factory is the worst kept secret in the country and watching this game is another shining example why. Reisner was solid across the board, much as he was last season and he will be a consistent weapon for Stanzi work with. Brad Herman looked as natural as can be both catching passes and blocking after seeing mostly mop up time last year(goal-line sets too maybe?). Zach Derby comes outta no where and pops off a big gainer on a simple hitch over the middle. C.J. Fiedorowicz also flashed promise in this game and if he's your 4th TE you can sleep soundly knowing you're set at TE.
The WR's were sparsely used in this game and it seemed to be according the game-plan. They mostly did what they were asked to do and blocked well as a group. This a deep and talented group of WR's who possess all kinds of tools for KOK to put to use. It's almost hard to find a way to work them all into a game-plan at this point. Both DJK and McNutt should see a lot targets as they will simply over-match defenders on the perimeter.
How bout a round of applause for Paki O'Meara? I've been as hard as anyone on him, but this was his game to shine with a big special teams play and a couple of good down hill runs to finish up the game.
+1 Good leg drive and pad level on the goal line carry and he easily pushes through to the end zone. D1 Play 6
-1 Not a very good job of reacting the penetrating DT here and he bumbles into his own man and slows himself down. Needs to react to this kind of thing and account for it. D2 Play 3
+1 Great job of picking up the first down here. Awesome effort for the 1st down on the short pass over the middle as he breaks tackles and gets up field here. D2 Play 7
+1 Quality tough running here as he busts through tackles on the draw play. D3 Play 2
+1 Great power run as he just drives the pile. Productive play and really brought the crowd noise with it. D3 play 7
+1 Another very physical run here as he just rips through arm tackles into the end zone. Did an excellent job reading his blocks here and was even better on the finish. D3 Play 8
+1 Nice job in blitz pickup here. He struggled some in this area last year and this was a good solid fill this time around. D7 Play 3
+1 Big time play here on 3rd down as he slips out of the back field and makes the catch and rumbles for a 1st down. D8 Play 6
+1 Nice job on the screen here as he gets free and plows down to the 2. D9 Play 7
+1 Nice burst up the seam here as he shows some good quicks. D10 Play 5
+1 Good downhill running here as Paki bursts up-field for a 1st down. D10 Play 7
+1 Another good piece of running by O’Meara. Ends the game on an up note here. D10 Play 8
+1 Big cut back run for a 1st down. Nice read here. D10 Play 4
+1 Gets a piece of 2 defenders here and seals the edge for the touchdown. D2 Play 8
-1 Poor job on the lead block this time as he misses the LB and he makes the play in the hole. D3 Play 6
+1 Nice job sealing the backside on the reverse as he finds his man in space. D6 Play 1
-1 Just flat out drops a pass in the flat that should have been caught. D7 Play 2
+1 Good route and good hands here as he escapes into the flat for the TD. D9 Play 8
+1 Great adjustment as the defender crashes inside and Reisner drives him way inside and out of the play on the TD run by Robinson. D3 Play 8
+1 Great job of getting open and making a big gainer on the slip route out of the backfield. D4 Play 1
+1 Nice athletic catch and run here as he gets it inside the five with the dive. D6 Play 4
+1 Very nice job of running up the seam and breaking a big play. Good YAC and he turns this into a big play. D1 Play 5
+1 Excellent run blocking technique on the draw as he closes off the DE from the seam. D3 Play 2
+1 Fired out low and hard and gets to the LB very quickly on the TD run by Robinson. D3 Play 8
+1 Excellent route and a nice job of beating the man coverage on the corner route here for a big 1st down. D4 Play 4
+1 Good use of his speed on the end around here and he pushes this up the field for a solid gain. D6 Play 1
+1 Nice head fake on his route here as he freezes the DB and ends up running wide open down the field. D8 Play 4
+1 Nice job of picking YAC on the bootleg play here. D2 play 4
-1 Great catch up the seam but you gotta hang onto it. D7 Play 3
+1 Nice block here as he kicks the DE all the way to the sideline. D8 Play 8
+1 Nice job of picking up yards after the catch here on 2nd and long as he busts loose over the middle.
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