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As a soph, he averaged 10.6 ppg for a 21-6 basketball team. And he was 6-0 as a pitcher with a 0.21 ERA, 45 Ks in 34 IP for a 26-5 team. Also batted .357.
Sounds like a winner.
Haven't heard any link between Iowa and Dunne yet, but I'm definitely looking into it. The Hawkeyes have already offered several 2014 quarterbacks, so he likely isn't at the top of Iowa's board.
Is it safe to say James Vandenberg probably wasn't, either?
I wasn't covering Iowa at the time, so I don't know all the details, but I do know that it took awhile for Iowa to offer him.
Per Scout, Vandenberg was offered on 11/18/07, 24 hours after leading Keokuk to the 3A state title, and he committed on 12/7/07.
Other QBs Iowa offered in the 2008 class were Blaine Gabbert (Mizzou), MarQueis Gray (Minnesota), Greg Cross (Pitt). Jacob Charest (Illinois) and John Weinke (Iowa). Vandenberg was the lowest rated of the bunch and the only Iowan. All in all, he turned out to be a pretty decent quarterback.
Any idea if there's a rule regulating organized 7-on-7 teams in Iowa? In Ohio, underclassmen aren't allowed to play organized 7-on-7 until the spring sports have ended. If they do, they're ineligible to play football in the fall. But other states like Illinois and Michigan don't have that rule. IMG hosts a big 7-on-7 tournament in Detroit in May; this year, a team from Chicago defeated scUM recruit Shane Morris's Michigan team.
Thanks for digging that up - Iowa definitely waited to offer Vandenberg until relatively late in the process. One of the funniest responses I've ever heard from a player in an interview came from Vandenberg last year. It was the week of the Nebraska game, and one reporter joked about how long he made Iowa wait between the offer and his commitment. He immediately responded by saying something like, "They made me wait three years! They deserved to wait."
As for your question about 7-on-7 rules in Iowa, I'm honestly not sure. It definitely isn't as big in Iowa as it is in states like Michigan or Illinois. Whether that's due to an actual rule preventing it, I really don't know. I'll try to find out.
Vandenberg told a funny story after #4 Iowa lost its first game to Northwestern in November 2009 to go 9-1. Ricky Stanzi was knocked out of the game and Vandenberg went 9 of 27 for 82 yards and a pick.
"I went up to Bass Pro Shop Saturday afternoon," Vandenberg said. "My birthday is in a couple of weeks and my dad wanted me to get my birthday present out of the way because he kind of knew it was going to be chaotic. So, I was up in Bass Pro Shop trying some waders on, some hunting waders. The guy was like, “Did you go to the (Iowa) game today?” I was like, ‘Yeah.” And he said, “Did it look as rough in person as it did on TV?” And I said, ‘You have no idea.’"
The next week Iowa and Vandenberg gave OSU all it could handle before losing 27-24 in overtime in the Shoe. I doubt anyone expected that give his prior week's performance.
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Hopefully he isn't like his dad. Not too many fans of his in Grinnell. He has squandered a lot of talent in Grinnell over the years.
As for Eli, I haven't seen him play, but my best friend who was the starting QB at Grinnell when we were in HS said that he has a big arm and obviously is huge already with a year to go. Not the best competition in the world for Grinnell but they have played some solid 3-A teams. Interested to see how he does Friday against Heelan.
Everything I've heard, is that his real passion is baseball and you can see he is a great pitcher. I'd guess if Iowa came calling, even as an athlete, they'd be tough to beat though. He obviously has a big frame.
That's another great story - thanks for sharing!
Heelan is led by 2013 defensive end Zach Skibinski, who already has 13.5 sacks on the season. It'll be interesting to see if Grinnell can consistently move the ball through the air against Heelan.
Well they are going to have to. Grinnell pretty much runs 5-wide and throws it all over. The only running plays they really run are draws.
My friend in Grinnell said that Eli doesn't even really care for football that much, but his dad really pushes him to play. He is a baseball player at heart and I'm guessing he'll get D-1 offers to play baseball. My guess is he'd choose baseball over football.
Thanks for the insight on Dunne.
And regarding Grinnell's scheme, that was my impression as well. Skibinski could have a field day if they don't double/triple team him all game long. And if they do, that could open the door for one of Heelan's other players, or make it easier on Heelan's secondary with fewer receivers downfield.
I'm not sure how good the offensive line is for Grinnell. Dunne is very mobile though for as big as he is and they use him to run as well. The QB draw might be a good way for them to counter Skibinski coming off the corner. It will keep him honest and not just let him pin his ears back. Wish I could watch the game. Should be a good one. My brother-in-law moved from Grinnell to KC a few years ago and would be a junior right now so he is pretty excited. Everyone from the area has been looking forward to the junior class becoming upper classmen because their is a lot of talent.
Great point - that may be a nice way for Grinnell to slow down Skibinski.
My understanding is that the game will be televised locally, and it should be streamed online for you to see since you're not in the area. Should be a heck of a game.
I know you didn't come over to troll the board which I'm glad for, but you should know better than to come over here and have ALL 3 sig pics degrading Iowa Hawkeye football. Downvoted.
Sine Missione -- Never be a spectator for unfairness or stupidity, argue for arguments sake; the grave will give plenty of time for silence.
First, I would argue that only pic #3 might be construed as degrading. Second, I've lived in Iowa for 12 years. Third, my daughter will be a freshman at Iowa next fall, choosing it over Iowa State, a choice I encouraged and applaud. I have a lot of respect for the school and the program. So much so that aside from scUM, there's not another team I enjoy beating or hate losing to more. I can tell you 98% of Buckeyes don't think of Iowa that way. But unlike scUM, which I loathe, I harbor no animosity for the Hawkeyes. So you can take the pix in my sig as a kind of left handed compliment or you can be a homer afraid of a differnt perspective and discourage a fan for another school who comes in peace from contributing to the dialogue in a way that's hopefully meaningful, compelling, respectful and non combative. Your choice, brother. But my pix won't change.
It's not being a homer who is afraid of a different perspective even in the slightest and I'm not necessarily discouraging other fans from posting here as we have Purdue, Nebraska, Michigan State, Miami, Auburn, etc. fans posting on our boards, more the OT board than here, but I enjoy interacting with them just fine even though I consistently root against some of their schools. But what I see is a Hawkeye laying on the ground after failing to tackle Troy Smith, Adam Robinson getting his helmet knocked off by an OSU LB, and Iowa fans not looking too happy after giving up a score or poor performance by the team. Separately, they mean nothing to me, but specifically having all 3 showing Hawkeyes is a dick move IMO and it is specifically degrading Iowa. I don't care if you change them or not, I can't make you do anything, but choosing to have 3 anti-Iowa things as your 3 sig pics is saying something whether you think so or not. Feel free to continue posting here because as I pointed out you weren't here as an obvious troll, which after an event last fall, I can't say the same for many OSU fans from your board.
So you DV'd all my posts on this thread because you didn't like my pix? Despite your tepid protestations, it sounds to me like you are trying to discourage other teams' fans from posting on this site.
As I said, I don't care about any of your pics individually. What I do care about is targeting Iowa to degrade so I downvoted you a handful of times, not even each post. You can say all you want about me discouraging other fans from posting here because I know it's not true. Last thing I'm going to waste my time on you with is to say if you don't like getting downvoted by me, don't *specifically* degrade Hawkeye fans and then act like I'm the bad guy for not liking it.
One last thing actually, if I was trying to discourage you from posting, wouldn't I have resorted to childish degrading of Ohio State and/or Urban Meyer, instead of me just being straight-forward and saying I'm downvoting because of you degrading Iowa?
Just a little food for thought, I'm not going to look for an answer because I'm not going to derail this thread any further.
What I don't get is the Michigan block M...
I missed most the first quarter, but Grinnell is getting killed in the 2nd quarter. Dunne has completed some but doesn't sound like he has been impressive.
It has a screw through it, as in "Screw Michigan."
Heelan won. Young Wegher looked good. 2nd time Ive watched Skibinski. Not seeing it. Hes pretty much a non-factor at the 3A Iowa level which isnt saying much. People were talking possible offer, possible grayshirt, possible perferred walkon. I dont see any of the above.
I haven't seen him play, but heading into tonight's game, he had 13.5 sacks on the season, which is a school record. So at the very least, I think he's at least a factor at the 3A level. That doesn't necessarily mean he's a B1G player, but I'm not sure it's fair to call him a non-factor at the 3A level.
I am rooting for Dike New Hartford on Saturday.
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