Former Hawkeye Kyle Schlicher Signs with Iowa Barnstormers

Former Iowa kicker Kyle Schlicher will have his first opportunity to kick for a professional football team Saturday.

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Schlicher, the Hawkeyes starting kicker from 2004 to 2006, signed with the Arena Football League’s Iowa Barnstormers, the team announced Thursday.

The kicker is one of four former Hawkeyes on the Barnstormers roster, joining Brad Banks, Rodney Filer, and Pete Traynor. He’s the fourth kicker to play for the Barnstormers this season — the team is 0-3 on field goal attempts through six games.

“It feels great to be re-united with some fellow Hawkeyes and to be back in a competitive environment,” Schlicher told HawkeyeLocator via text message. “It also feels good to put the pads and helmet on again. I’m excited, humbled and very grateful for the opportunity.”

Schlicher made 51 field goals during his Iowa career (third-most in school history) and earned second team All-Big Ten honors in 2005. After failing to sign with an NFL squad after college, Schlicher became a strength and conditioning coach for Navy SEALs at the Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois.

In a February 24  interview with Big 10 Rant, the 27-year-old former Hawkeye said he still aspired to kick professionally. There is a football field on the Naval Base he works at, and Schlicher said he is still able to connect on 55-60 yard kicks.

Schlicher got his wish.

He’ll get an opportunity to prove he still has what it takes to kick in a game situation when the Barnstormers face the Philadelphia Soul in Des Moines on Saturday.

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The Fans Have Spoken: Hawkeye Mount Rushmore

After two weeks of voting, four Iowa legends have been forever immortalized on our Hawkeye Mount Rushmore.

Over 9,000 votes were cast, and we thank all of the Hawkeye fans who participated in the poll.

These are the four Hawkeyes who the fans thought were deserving of being enshrined on the historic monument…

HAWKEYE MOUNT RUSHMORE

Tim Dwight (WR & KR from 1994-1997): Dwight was a consensus All-American in 1997 and ranks second in Hawkeye history in career receiving yards (2,271)

Chuck Long (QB from 1981-1985): Long was runner-up to Bo Jackson in the 1985 Heisman Trophy award voting. He was a consensus first team All-American in 1985 — the year he led the Hawkeyes to the Rose Bowl. His 10,461 passing yards is tops in Iowa program history.

Nile Kinnick: (HB, QB, P from 1937-1939): Kinnick needs no introduction. A member of t he 1939 “Iron Man” squad, Kinnick won about every award imaginable. In addition to being named AP Male Athlete of the Year, he won the Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award, and is the only Iowa player to ever win the Heisman Trophy.

Dallas Clark (LB/TE from 2000-2002): Moving from linebacker is likely the best decision Dallas Clark ever made. He won the 2002 John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate tight end. His 43 catches for 742 yards were integral to the Hawkeyes successful 2002 campaign where they finished the regular season undefeated.

ROUND OF 16 POLL RESULTS

ELITE 8 POLL RESULTS


Former Hawkeye Steve Carfino is Australia’s Version of Gus Johnson

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Here’s a highlight video from Game 2 of the 2011 National Basketball League Grand Final between the Cairns Taipans and the New Zealand Breakers.

The Australian league game went into double overtime and had some very thrilling moments, evidenced by the almost Gus Johnson-esque excitement from the TV announcers.

Who was the announcer of the game?

None other than former Hawkeye basketball player Steve Carfino.

The Hawkeyes team MVP in 1984, Carfino (right) averaged 8.9 points per game during his four-year Iowa career, scoring 1,037 career points. After his collegiate career, the former Hawkeye was drafted by the Boston Celtics but then spent five years playing in the NBL in Australia.

Carfino was a four-time All-Star in Australia before a back injury forced him to retire from basketball. He’s been a sports announcer in Australia since 1992.

Here’s his call that has received attention from SI.com & Awful Announcing.

The best parts of Carfino’s call are at 1:00, 2:35, 3:00, and 3:35


Former Hawkeye Reggie Roby Mentioned in New Rap Song

Former Hawkeye punter Reggie Roby has an impressive resume.

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He’s a three-time Pro Bowler.

A seven-time All-Pro.

A member of the 1980’s NFL All-Decade Team

And a lyric in a popular rap song?

One of my friends who is more well-versed in the rap music scene told me about this the other day.

Washington, D.C.-based rapper Wale recently released a song titled “4am.” For those unfamiliar with Wale, he was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2010 BET Awards. He’s signed with the Maybach Music Group label, which was founded by fellow rapper Rick Ross.

About 2 minutes, 40 seconds into the song, Wale raps the following lyrics…

I’m at Dallas with luggage fly straight to the money
And you don’t understand my slang my colloquial’s lovely
So they quote me and love me like I’m a poet or something
Hoe I kick it, I punt it like Reggie Roby or something

Apparently Wale is releasing a music video for the song soon. No word on whether a highlight of Roby’s high leg kick will make an appearance in the video.

If you’d like to listen to the song, feel free to check it out here.


Cara Consuegra Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Charlotte

Former Iowa women’s basketball player Cara Consuegra has been named the head women’s basketball coach at Charlotte University.

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The former All-Big Ten guard was officially introduced at a press conference Tuesday morning. She takes over a 49ers squad that lost in the Final Four of the WNIT this past season.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead the Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball program,” Consuegra said Tuesday at her introductory press conference. “I am eager and excited to build on the great tradition the women’s basketball program has at Charlotte. We have high expectations, but with the current and incoming talent, resources and the support of alumni and the Charlotte community, I believe we will continue to have great success.”

This is Consuegra’s first head coaching opportunity. The former Hawkeye spent the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach at Marquette, where she helped the Golden Eagles reach postseason play all seven years of her tenure. She also spent three years working as the Director of Basketball Operations at Penn State.

A star guard during her time as a Hawkeye, Consuegra holds Iowa’s single-season and career assists records. She scored over 1,000 points in her Iowa career and was also named the most outstanding player at the 2001 Big Ten Tournament.


Top 10 Most Successful Hawkeye Draft Picks in the Last 30 Years

With the 2011 NFL Draft starting Thursday, Hawkeye Locator counts down the Top 10 most successful Hawkeye draft picks over the last 30 years. While these 10 former Hawkeyes may not have been the highest draft picks, they all had (or are still currently having) illustrious pro careers. Lets start the countdown…

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10. Tim Dwight: A fourth round selection by the Atlanta Falcons in 1998, Dwight spent 10 seasons in professional football. He helped the Falcons get to Super Bowl XXXIII and had a 94-yard kickoff return in the game. The former Hawkeye ranks among the Top 40 in NFL history in career kick  return yardage.

9.  Marv Cook: A third round pick by the New England Patriots in 1989, Cook caught 257 passes for 2,190 yards over  the course of a seven year NFL career. He was a two-time Pro Bowler

8. Aaron Kampman: Now a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kampman started his pro career with the Green Bay Packers in 2002. A fifth round draft pick, Kampman went to back-t0-back Pro Bowls in 2006 & 2007 and his 58 career sacks is 18th-best among active NFL players.

7. Bob Sanders: Despite an injury plagued NFL career, Sanders has dominated on the field when he’s healthy. As a safety for the Indianapolis Colts, he was named to two Pro Bowl squads (2005 & 2007) and helped the Colts to victory in Super Bowl XLI. The former Hawkeye was named GMC and AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2007.

6. John Alt: The former Hawkeye offensive lineman was the 21st overall pick in the 1984 NFL Draft, selected by the Kansas City Chiefs. Alt spent his entire 13-year career with the Chiefs and was selected to two Pro Bowls (1992 & 1993). He joined fellow former Hawkeye Ed Podolak in the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2002.

5. Nate Kaeding: In 2004, Kaeding became the first and only Hawkeye kicker ever selected in the NFL Draft. The San Diego Chargers kicker is a two-time Pro Bowler and is the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history (86.5%).

4. Dallas Clark: The Indianapolis Colts made Clark the 24th overall pick in 2003 and he hasn’t disappointed. The former Hawkeye tight end went to the Pro Bowl in 2009 and helped the Colts become Super Bowl Champions in 2007. Clark’s 44 career touchdowns ranks third among NFL tight ends.

3. Merton Hanks: San Francisco drafted Hanks in the fifth round of the 1991 NFL Draft. The selection was a steal for the 49ers. Hanks would eventually appear in four Pro Bowls (1994-1997) and start at safety in Super Bowl XXIX. He led San Francisco with seven interceptions during the team’s Super Bowl Championship run in 1994.

2. Reggie Roby: Only one Iowa punter has ever been taken in the NFL Draft. That punter was Reggie Roby. Known for his high leg kick and long hangtimes, Roby was picked by the Miami Dolphins in  the sixth round of the 1983 NFL Draft. The punter went to three Pro Bowls and was a seven-time All-Pro selection. Roby ranks among the top 20 in NFL history in career punts (992) and punting yards (42,951).

1. Andre Tippett: One of only three Hawkeyes in the NFL Hall of Fame, Tippett spent his entire pro career with the New England Patriots. The linebacker was a five-time Pro Bowler and a member of the 1980’s All-Decade Team. Tippett’s 100 career sacks is 25th-best in NFL history.

Honorable Mentions: Chad Greenway, Marshal Yanda, Shonn Greene, Bryan Bulaga


Former Hawkeye Clinton Solomon Having Breakout Season in Indoor Football League

Clinton Solomon has earned first team All-Indoor Football League honors the past two seasons.

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Three straight seems inevitable for the former Hawkeye wide receiver.

Solomon, a wideout for the IFL’s Wichita Wild, set a franchise record on Saturday with 14 receptions against the Allen Wranglers.

His record-breaking effort wasn’t enough to get the Wild a victory, though. Despite having 126 receiving yards and a touchdown, the Wild lost, 56-44.

Although Wichita has managed only one win in seven tries this season, Solomon’s individual success hasn’t faltered.

The former Hawkeye ranks among the IFL’s best in nearly all receiving categories. He’s fourth in the league in receptions (45) and tied for second in touchdowns (14).

Wichita will try for its second win of the 2011 campaign against the Bloomington (Ill.) Extreme on April 29.