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    Is Blythe ready?

    Iowa ready for Blythe to awaken By RANDY PETERSON
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    September 12, 2007


    Iowa City, Ia. - They're not buying it, these 2-0 Hawkeyes.

    They've seen the statistics that show Iowa State receiver Todd Blythe largely absent from significant contributions during the Cyclones' two losses.

    They've heard various, know-it-all theories on talk radio, too, about why quarterback Bret Meyer and Blythe seemingly aren't hooking up this season.

    "To me it's a matter of time," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday when asked about Blythe catching only seven passes in two games. "I just hope it's not this week, because he's extremely dangerous."

    The Cyclones' career touchdown reception leader has been limited, but Hawkeye players know that can change quickly - like Saturday's Iowa-Iowa State game at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames.

    "Watching film, it doesn't look like they have thrown to him as much as they have the last couple years, (but) I wouldn't be surprised if they do start throwing it to him because he does seem like a guy that will make some plays for them," Iowa safety Devan Moylan said.

    Blythe has 13 catches, 191 yards and two of his 27 touchdowns in three games against Iowa.

    "Big, athletic and he makes plays," Moylan said of the 6-foot-5 senior with game-changing potential.

    A future professional?

    "I think so," Ferentz said. "It starts with his physical size. He's a very aggressive, dynamic guy."

    Physical, too. Blythe's reputation is to use his hands as much as the rules will allow - and the Hawkeyes know it.

    "You ain't tryin' if you ain't cheatin'," said Iowa receiver James Cleveland, who admits stretching the rulebook a little, too.

    Blythe went high over Moylan to grab an 8-yard scoring pass from Meyer in last season's 27-17 Iowa win in Iowa City.

    "You're going to have that," Moylan said. "The game nowadays favors the offensive player - it puts fans in the stands by scoring points."

    Blythe even insinuated after a loss last season against Nebraska that he sometimes pushes off before grabbing passes.

    "Maybe I've given a little nudge before," he said then, "but I try not to do it too blatantly."

    Push-off or no push-off?

    "You do what you gotta do," Ferentz said. "If there aren't flags, it's not a foul."

    Stross update: Trey Stross, an Iowa starting receiver in the season-opening game vs. Northern Illinois, will be sidelined at least two weeks, Ferentz said Tuesday.

    "He's got a leg injury that's going to keep him out for a while," Ferentz said during his weekly news conference.

    James Cleveland is expected to start Saturday's game.

    Iowa remains without suspended receivers Dominique Douglas and Anthony Bowman, who face charges for suspicion of unauthorized use of credit cards.

    Retraction: Guard Julian Vandervelde wants a do-over after telling reporters late Saturday night that he "hates" Iowa State.

    "It was something (that) after I said it, I knew I shouldn't have said," he said.

    Nevertheless, Vandervelde promised to continue speaking his mind.

    "I'm not going to come out here and lie - I'm going to tell you the truth, and when you ask me a question, that's what you're going to get," Vandervelde said.

    Commitment: David Blackwell, a quarterback at Gibson High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., committed to an Iowa scholarship, according to HawkeyeReport.com.


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    Re: Is Blythe ready?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Retraction: Guard Julian Vandervelde wants a do-over after telling reporters late Saturday night that he "hates" Iowa State.

    "It was something (that) after I said it, I knew I shouldn't have said," he said.

    Nevertheless, Vandervelde promised to continue speaking his mind.

    "I'm not going to come out here and lie - I'm going to tell you the truth, and when you ask me a question, that's what you're going to get," Vandervelde said.
    I'd like to see Vandervelde pull a Drew Tate this coming Saturday and get steam-plowed.



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    Re: Is Blythe ready?

    We hate you too Vandervelde...wait...who?

    btw - Blythe never has had a legit offensive pass interference, I don't think someone his size needs to do anything illegal to catch a ball.....time to steam roll all these cocky bastards over here on (what i will easily admit) the dumb side of the state.

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    Re: Is Blythe ready?

    So Kirk thinks Blythe might go professional. Good for Kirk. He is good for something.


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    Re: Is Blythe ready?

    this might get some negative reviews but do you guys really think Blythe is pro potential? Don't get me wrong I route for the guy but I think he is far from a pro WR right now. All good college WR's get double teamed and should be able to beat it. Yes, you can use the excuse of a poor QB or bad offensive schemes, but the only route I have seen him run well is the go route. He needs to have better route running, block better and find ways to get open. I am curious if I am the only one who thinks this?


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    Re: Is Blythe ready?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryceman View Post
    So Kirk thinks Blythe might go professional. Goodfor Kirk.
    Wow, I don't see any way Blythe goes pro unless he starts acting like a team player and not taking half the plays off. Blocking in the NFL is just as important if not more than receiving. I mean even Mr Selfish himself TO does a good job blocking for his running backs.


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    Re: Is Blythe ready?

    Quote Originally Posted by shildreth View Post
    this might get some negative reviews but do you guys really think Blythe is pro potential? Don't get me wrong I route for the guy but I think he is far from a pro WR right now. All good college WR's get double teamed and should be able to beat it. Yes, you can use the excuse of a poor QB or bad offensive schemes, but the only route I have seen him run well is the go route. He needs to have better route running, block better and find ways to get open. I am curious if I am the only one who thinks this?
    I agree. He won't make the NFL. In addition to what you listed, the biggest thing IMO is that he isn't fast enough. I think Blythe is great and all, but don't think he's NFL caliber.



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    Re: Is Blythe ready?

    Then he better play his tail off saturday if he wants to make some money.


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    Re: Is Blythe ready?

    Yeah, now if Blythe decides he WANTS to be an NFL player, he could do it. He could be a great posession receiver in the NFL, he is never scared to take a hit, and that is good. He just needs to position himself to get the ball more.


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    Re: Is Blythe ready?

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Wow, I don't see any way Blythe goes pro unless he starts acting like a team player and not taking half the plays off.
    It works well for Randy Moss.



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    Re: Is Blythe ready?

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    It works well for Randy Moss.
    Yeah, but Moss has one thing blythe does not have, speed.


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    Re: Is Blythe ready?

    Quote Originally Posted by shildreth View Post
    this might get some negative reviews but do you guys really think Blythe is pro potential? Don't get me wrong I route for the guy but I think he is far from a pro WR right now. All good college WR's get double teamed and should be able to beat it. Yes, you can use the excuse of a poor QB or bad offensive schemes, but the only route I have seen him run well is the go route. He needs to have better route running, block better and find ways to get open. I am curious if I am the only one who thinks this?
    Great points. Look what Calvin Johnson did with Reggie Freakin Ball



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