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Author: Tyler Kluver

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3 former Iowa Hawkeye football players try to fill an hour with words.
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WUW 212 | Mark Weisman

WUW 212 | Mark Weisman


Mark is from Buffalo Grove, Illinois. After enrolling in the Air Force Academy in 2010 he quickly decided that it wasn't the path for him and he decided to pursue walking on to the University of Iowa Football team. That turned into a great decision as Mark established himself as an extremely hard worker and great team leader off the field, as well as becoming a the feature running back due to injury problems on the team. Mark gave the NFL a run but ultimately made a decision to retire from football and he talks about how the compounding effect of playing Fullback eventually took its toll. He then took a medical sales job where after 7 short months he decided to find his way back to the Iowa weight room as an intern for Coach Chris Doyle and the Iowa Strength Staff. After completing internship a full time opening became available and Mark stepped into an official coaching position. He took a job as Head Strength coach at Southeast Missouri St. for one year before again realizing that he wanted to move a different direction. Mark's career at Iowa is one that is widely known as he finished Top 5 in Hawkeye history in Yards, Touchdowns, and Carries.
Spring ball wrap up into Draft recap and talking Hawks chances in the league. In this episode we briefly discuss the final spring practice that was open to the public on Saturday. Where are the current Hawks at and what do they need to work on most? How does a large injury list play a role moving into the summer months and what are the strengths of this Hawkeye team? Then we get to the meat of the podcast talking about the 4 Hawks that got drafted over the weekend and the 7 more who were almost immediately picked up by teams as undrafted free agents. What is Chauncey's ceiling in Dallas? What kind of impact will ISM have in Minnesota? Could we be looking back in a few years saying Daviyon was the BIGGEST steal of the 2021 draft? Will Nick carve out a career that mirrors what Ben has been able to do with the Chiefs? All of this and more!
Today Kevin and Tyler start the podcast by themselves after Drake went Zero Dark Thirty right before recording time. A variety of topics are discussed including, Luka Garza starting his own NFT company, CJ Fredrick entering the transfer portal and how his "Greasy Uncle Joe" is involved, Jordan Bohannon announcing that he will return for his 34th year of college basketball, what the lineup for the basketball team will look like next year and their potential, this weekends upcoming NFL Draft and where this years Hopeful Hawks will go, and more. We also blank on Jack Nunges name and talk about if Drake were to disappear for good, how would that affect the podcast?
WUW 209 | Connor Keane

WUW 209 | Connor Keane


Connor is from St Paul, Minnesota and walked on to the Hawks in the same class as the Walkons back in 2013. An entrepreneur at heart, something was part of his life even before college, Connor found ways to start making the most of his time in Iowa City that most players dont, starting up business ideas. From a restaurant device to a laundry service to managing travel themed social media accounts, Connor has always had a knack for creating his own income, and is an all around interesting dude. We talk all about his ventures as well as his time on the team, favorite memories, games, and moments in Iowa City.
WUW 208 | Shaun Beyer

WUW 208 | Shaun Beyer


Today we go Live with Shaun Beyer, product of Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School where he excelled in multiple sports. After arriving at Iowa Shaun was in a position purgatory where he could have played multiple positions, but eventually landed at receiver due to depth issues. After his freshman year Shaun's size allowed him to switch to Tight End, and follow the path of guys like Kittle, Fant, and Hockenson. We dive into why those guys are great and what he took away from playing behind them as well as why Iowa is so great at producing tight ends. We talk a little about how living the D1 lifestyle changed Shaun and developed him along with the intensity of the off season program. We talk about how Covid affected not only him but the 2020 Hawks as a whole and how that manifested itself early in the season, and we finish with how Shaun is now seeking an opportunity in the NFL and we get his pitch on why a pro team should take a chance. All of this and more!
Today we regroup after the first day in Kinnick for the 2021 season. The Hawks held an open practice and we got to see some of what will be on display this fall. We go position by position and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each as well as depth issues, star talent, and where the Hawks are 9 spring practices in. What do we think about the QB competition, Just how deep are we at DB? Will the D-line figure it out in time for the season opener? How much can the special teams help out this year? And more.
On this episode we look ahead to the first live look at the 2021 Hawkeyes as the team is set to practice in Kinnick Stadium in front of an audience on Saturday. We discuss the ins and outs of spring football, compare it to camp, and talk about where the biggest improvements can be made during these 5 weeks. We discuss Kluver potentially infiltrating the Iowa press, player comments from Tuesday media day, 2 possible freshman contributors, and where Xavior Williams fits in with Iowa. Also what are the odds Cooper Dejean sees early field time? All of this and more.
WUW 205 | Kristian Welch

WUW 205 | Kristian Welch


Kristian is a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. He is from Iola, Wisconsin and played for the Hawkeyes in '16-'19. He found early playing time as an athletic special teamer and played in over 40 games in the Black and Gold. In his Junior and Senior seasons he started at Middle Linebacker for Iowa teams that finished 9-4 and 10-3 including 2 Bowl victories over Mississippi St. and USC. We sat down with Kristian to talk his journey to Iowa City, Coach Seth Wallace, learning behind guys like Josey Jewell, Bo Bower, and Ben Niemann, being denied a Pro Day and entering the league during Covid, being on a team with Lamar Jackson and other elite NFL players, and more. The mindset of being 'overlooked' is present throughout his story and it was awesome to pick his brain on how he approaches being a fringe guy that works his ass off to make it.
In this episode we cover a variety of topics with the focus of the conversation being the hot topic item of Name, Image, and Likeness for college athletes. What are NIL rights, how do they differ from being paid a salary, what does that opportunity even mean? What are the issues that could arise from changing the rules and what are the implications of leaving them the same? We talk about all of this in detail. We also discuss Luka being the consensus player of the year, Gonzaga v Baylor, and The Masters... you could say this is an episode unlike any other.
James Branstetter joins the show as the first ever fan to make an appearance. James is part of the Walkon Army on Patreon. We talk about Iowa football and listening to the show from the fan perspective. What are the expectations of the Iowa program. Bonus info on the making of the Drew Tate episode, James favorite Hawkeye moments, How players from bad schools are motivated to play, and how we got motivated to play them, and a whole lot more. To join the Walkon Army go to enjoy!
On this episode we split the show into 2 topics. The first is Iowa wrestling, and with the help of Alex, we get a true, fact based, first hand account, breakdown of the National title for the Hawkeyes, if they underperformed, the mindset of wrestlers in the Iowa program, do they ever enjoy their wins? and more. THEN we move on to a tweet from Jake Gervase that compared the wrestling vs basketball team approaches to their postseason hinting at correlative results.. or did he? What did he really mean with the tweet, and does it bring up a bigger issue that has some validity? All of that plus Drake opening the podcast with "Im horny".
Chauncey hails from Detroit, Michigan and actually played alongside Cedrick Lattimore in High School, the same school that former Hawkeye Great Desmond King attended, AND right down the road from where Alaric Jackson is from. Chauncey discusses his transition into being a D1 student athlete and what Iowa City and Hawkeye life was all about. He describes the relationships he built inside the program both with players and coaches and how those were something to lean on throughout his career, especially when the turmoil of last summer hit the program. We talk about where he is at in his journey to the NFL and a whole lot more!
WUW 200 | Drew Tate

WUW 200 | Drew Tate


Drew came to Iowa City from Houston, Texas and is responsible for the most iconic play in Hawkeye Football History. We discuss "The Catch" and that day in Florida as the Hawks took down LSU. We also talk about who he modeled his game after and provided him QB inspiration, What it was like playing with guys like Sanders, Greenway, Roth, and others. What it was like being the Big man on campus after achieving legend status in his sophomore season. His thoughts on players being able to make money in college, and more!
A Jam packed episode that really shines in entertainment value towards the last 10 minutes. The front part of this show is jam packed with talk about how GOATed Spencer Lee is for winning a Natty on bad knees, the team winning the title, and breaking down both basketball teams first round wins of the NCAA tournaments. We also talk some about spring break, Deshaun Watson and the potential conspiracy against him, and more!
WUW 198 | Tristan Wirfs

WUW 198 | Tristan Wirfs


Tristan joins the 2 time guest short list from his recently purchased home in Tampa, Florida. We had Tristan on for Episode 84 in January of 2020 as he was preparing for the combine and NFL Draft, and it has been a wild 13 months in his life since. In that time he was drafted 13th overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who 1 month previous became the destination for Tom Brady. He battled through the oddity that was Covid protocol and figuring out the NFL as a rookie in 2020. Became the starting right tackle for the Bucs, who obviously made their run to World Champions just over a month ago. We talk Brady, TB12, diet, buffalo wild wings, training, figuring out Tampa, Coach Polasek and Coach Ferentz, the army of D linemen he faced in his first year, being snubbed, Luka Garza, He gives his opinion on Spencer Lee vs the Walkons on the mat, we talk having millions of dollars, death row meal, and a whole lot more.
We went back, and by twitter fan poll, put together a compilation of some of the best WUW moments through this point. Some of these are great blasts from the past and it was really fun to reflect back on some of our old episodes, enjoy!
If you just want the sports talk head to 16 min mark. Today we address the discrepancy in volume, clarity, etc in the mics of the hosts. We talk about TJ Jock and George Kittle making a co-appearance on Bussin with the Boys podcast and how we will get the TEs on the show soon. We banter about some other stuff, and then we get to Iowa sports. We break down Iowa Wrestling's B1G Tournament win and talk about some of the individual performances there, and then discuss Iowa basketball, their upcoming conference tourney, and what their odds are heading into the Big Dance.
WUW 195 | Tim Polasek

WUW 195 | Tim Polasek


Tim Polasek was most recently the Offensive line coach for the Iowa Hawkeyes, and now steps in as the Offensive coordinator for the Wyoming Cowboys in 2021. Coach Polasek was at Iowa for 4 seasons, including our senior year in 2017. We talk all about how he found himself in Iowa City, the energy he brings to every single day, coaching guys like Wirfs, James Daniels, and Tyler Linderbaum, what it was like to take over a top 10 position coaching job in the country, learning under Coach Ferentz and what makes him special, the turmoil of the 2020 summer and the ensuing results of the 2020 football season, and what his goals are moving forward in his new position.
Dalles is from Palo, Iowa just northwest of Cedar Rapids. Like many Iowa football players, Coach Reese Morgan was the recruiting connection from high school to the next level, and after Coach recognized Dalles while recruiting fellow Hawkeye Shaun Beyer, Dalles turned down multiple next level track and field opportunities to walk on and play football for the Hawkeyes. Dalles talks about living his dream in the black and gold, fighting through a crazy off season that was 2020, and relives his favorite memories as a hawk. Dalles became a viral sensation with his singing ability as well in the summer of 2019 when his original song 'We Wave', a piece about the Iowa childrens hospital and waving tradition, blew up on facebook. The video has totaled over a million views and sent Dalles into a new path that he is continuing post athlete career. We discuss all of this and more. Follow Dalles on social media: Twitter: @DallesJacobus Instagram: @DallesJacobusMusic or @dalles_jacobus66 Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here:
WUW 193 | Dom Dafney

WUW 193 | Dom Dafney


Dom's name started blowing up the internet in Week 17 of the NFL season this past year. A few short months after the Packers signed him to their practice squad in October, Dom found himself wide open, with a ball thrown by Aaron Rodgers coming his way. A few seconds later he was celebrating his first NFL touchdown, on his 2nd NFL catch, after one of the most unlikely paths into the League. Dom talks about that process, one that saw multiple college stops along the way, and one that was never easy but for him was the "only option". One of those collegiate pitstops was Iowa City, where Dom was a Hawkeye for more than 2 years. He talks about what he learned playing for Iowa and how it helped prepare him for the NFL. We also discuss staying in shape during COVID lockdown, gaining weight and switching positions, what his approach to diet is as a pro athlete, and what it felt like to sign his first contract. Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here:
Comments (2)

Michael Reeder

I have lived in Oregon for the last 7 years. A few years ago when Nebraska came out here to play the ducks in football I was having a cocktail at my local haunt. I look down the bar and on the Friday before the game there are roughly five Husker fans all in red shirts at the end of the bar enjoying drinks just as Hawk fans might do while they are out of of them however was wearing a Idiots Out Wandering Around shirt all in red. I sent him what he was drinking from the bartender. As he looked around to see who sent it I approached and informed him that I bet on my Hawks the last five years during the "farmegeddon game" and that until Tom Osborne returns to Lincoln it'll always be a safe bet. His friends laughed, I gave him a hug and our discussion about our love for the Midwest started and was followed by many shots. In short I'm torn. They are the team we were before Hayden Fry. I hate and love their fan base simultaneously.

Nov 29th

Dan Russell

drake that's a shitty take on martin...

Jun 12th
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