Tag:Tyler Sash
Posted on: February 7, 2012 7:22 pm

Iowa's Phil Parker promoted to D-coordinator

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Under Kirk Ferentz, Iowa has enjoyed one of the most stable, most continuity-heavy coaching staffs in the country. So it wasn't a surprise Tuesday when Ferentz announced he had promoted one of his own to the Hawkeyes' vacant defensive coordinator position.

That coach is Phil Parker, the Hawkeyes' secondary coach for the past 13 seasons. Parker will replace Norm Parker (no relation), who retired following the 2011 season after 12 years as the Iowa DC. The two Parkers served as co-defensive coordinators in 2010 as Norm battled diabetes complications.

As part of Phil's promotion, offensive line coach Reese Morgan will switch to coaching the defensive line, while linebackers coach Darrell Wilson will take over Parker's duties with the defensive backs. Morgan has been with the Hawkeye staff for the past 12 seasons, and Wilson for the past 10.

"Phil, Darrell and Reese have all done an outstanding job in our program for a significant period of time," Ferentz said in a statement. "I am confident they will have a very positive effect on our team as we transition forward."

While Parker will have to prove his worth as a full-time coordinator, there's not much doubting his resume as a secondary coach; the Hawkeyes have produced multiple All-Big Ten and even All-American defensive backs on his watch, including Tyler Sash, Amari Spievey and Shaun Prater, and put together back-to-back national top-five finishes in opponent's passer rating in 2008 and 2009.

So Parker's promotion may not have the buzziest, sexiest decision from a coaching perspective, but if it yields the same defensive results the Hawkeyes have enjoyed since Ferentz's arrival -- and   there's little reason to think it won't -- it should prove effective all the same.

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Posted on: January 12, 2011 5:56 pm

Iowa's Tyler Sash entering NFL draft

Posted by Tom Fornelli

When it comes to projecting the strength of Iowa's defense the last few seasons, a lot of people bring up the name of Adrian Clayborn and other members of the Hawkeyes defensive line.  The reasons for this are obvious, as Clayborn was a one man wrecking crew in 2009, but safety Tyler Sash has always had a knack for making huge plays for the Iowa defense when they're most needed.  And now it seems that the Hawkeyes are going to have to find somebody to replace Sash as well.

According to Matt Bowen, Sash is going to forego his final season at Iowa and enter the NFL Draft.

In his three seasons with the Hawkeyes, Sash has picked off 13 passes, and is also a force in stopping the run.  He's the type of player whom, although he's projected to be a mid-round pick, can make an immediate impact for a defense on the NFL level.  Whether as a starter in the secondary, or on special teams, the kid is just a football player.

Sash was an All-Big Ten selection in both 2009 and 2010.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 6:56 pm

Award semifinalists (mostly) skip non-AQ players

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

If there's been one defining, overarching narrative to the 2010 season to date, it's been ... well, maybe it's been the upheaval at the top of the polls that's seen preseason outsiders Oregon and Auburn seize control of their national championship destiny with four weeks remaining in the season. But if there's been two co-defining narratives, the second, without question, would be the rise of non-AQ teams like Boise State , TCU , and Utah into not only the BCS bowl picture but the BCS national championship picture.

So it's perhaps something of a shame that the lists of semifinalists for the Lombardi Award and the Thorpe Award -- given to the nation's best down lineman or downhill linebacker and best defensive back, respectively, and both announced within the past week -- do little to acknowledge that rise. The lists:

Lombardi Award

Sam Acho, Defensive End, Texas, 6-3, 260, Sr., Dallas, TX
Jeremy Beal, Defensive End, Oklahoma, 6-3, 267, Sr. Carrollton, TX
Da'quan Bowers, Defensive End, Clemson, 6-4, 275, Jr., Bamberg, SC
Adrian Clayborn, Defensive End, Iowa, 6-4, 285, Sr., St. Louis, MO
Jared Crick, Defensive Tackle, Nebraska, 6-6, 285, Jr., Cozad, NE
Nick Fairley, Defensive Line, Auburn, 6-5, 298, Jr., Mobile, AL
Cameron Heyward, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State, 6-5, 288, Sr., Suwanee, GA
Rodney Hudson, Offensive Guard, Florida State, 6-2, 282, Sr., Mobile, AL
Greg Jones, Linebacker, Michigan State, 6-1, 240, Sr., Cincinnati, OH
Ryan Kerrigan, Defensive End, Purdue, 6-4, 263, Sr., Muncie, IN
Jake Kirkpatrick, Center, TCU, 6-3, 305, Sr., Tyler, TX
Drake Nevis, Defensive Tackle, LSU, 6-5, 285, Sr., Marrero, LA

Thorpe Award

Prince Amukamara, Sr., Nebraska
Mark Barron, Jr., Alabama
Chimdi Chekwa, Sr., Ohio State
Brandon Harris, Jr., Miami (Fla.)
Cliff Harris, Soph., Oregon
Tejay Johnson, Sr., TCU
Joe Lefeged, Sr., Rutgers
Rahim Moore, Jr., UCLA
Patrick Peterson, Jr., LSU
Tyler Sash, Jr., Iowa

Congratulations are in order for all 22 of these players, each of which is, without question, an outstanding college football athlete and certainly deserving of the honor of becoming a semifinalist.

But it feels remiss not to note that in this year of unprecedented prominence for non-AQ programs, only two of those 22 players represent a non-AQ team, and those two -- TCU 's Jake Kirkpatrick and Tejay Johnson -- each represent the same team. The other 53 teams? Nothin'.

This can be explained, to some extent, by the undeniably true fact that most of the game's best athletes and players ply their trades in BCS leagues. But no one on the Boise State defense that currently ranks third in both scoring and total defense (or Utah's, which ranks sixth in both categories) is worthy of inclusion? Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry , tied for third nationally with 9.5 sacks and seventh nationally with 13.5 tackles for loss (one of only four players to rank in the top 10 in both categories) can't get a nod? Strong safety Domonic Cook of Buffalo leads the country in both passes broken up and interceptions; there's not room enough for him here?

There's no question that it's always going to be an uphill climb for non-AQ players who rarely play on national television and even more rarely receive the sort of fawning from scouts and writers that helps buoy campaigns for national honors, and that's fine. But it's worth wondering whether, in a season like this one, if the climb ought to be quite this steep.

Pictured: Boise State defensive lineman Ryan Winterswyk.
Posted on: October 30, 2010 5:20 pm

Iowa crushing Michigan State at the break, 30-0

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Any notions of Michigan State living up to their No. 5, undefeated record today are pretty well out the window at this point. The Iowa Hawkeyes have been all over the Spartans from start to finish of the first half, and Iowa leads by the shocking score of 30-0.

The highlight of the day so far has been a Tyler Sash interception that Sash quickly lateraled to cornerback Micah Hyde, who weaved his way down the field en route to a 67-yard score on the turnover. The play gave Iowa a 17-0 lead and put a giant damper on MSU's prospects for making a comeback. When Kirk Cousins threw an interception to Shaun Prater on the very next drive, Michigan State's fate was sealed even further.

If there's any consolation right now for MSU, it's that the Spartans are down 30-0 at the half and not at the end of the game; they do have 30 minutes to stage a comeback. But that prospect seems awfully unlikely considering how stout Iowa's defense has been both today and in this season. We'll see if MSU makes it a game in the second half.

Posted on: October 30, 2010 4:32 pm

Paper tigers? MSU, Mizzou getting housed

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Michigan State and Missouri might have entered this weekend undefeated and ranked in the top 6, but you couldn't say they were getting a whole lot of respect; according to Vegas both were decisive road underdogs, against Iowa and Nebraska respectively, and both stayed ranked behind known non-AQ quantities Boise State and TCU. The near-universal consensus seemed to be that the Spartans and Tigers had enjoyed a nice run, but that it was over.

That consensus has thus far been proven even more correct than even the most skeptical skeptics could have imagined. Missouri has given up two long Roy Helu Jr. touchdown runs, seen Blaine Gabbert start 3-of-11 with an interception, and trail 24-0 at the end of the first quarter. Michigan State has been a little more respectable, but only just: Iowa opened the game with a dominating 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, and increased their lead to 17-0 when Tyler Sash picked off a wayward Kirk Cousins pass and lateraled to Micah Hyde for the defensive touchdown.

So, as of this moment, it's Homestanding Agents of BCS Chaos a collective 41, Undefeated Conference Front-runners 0. Sometimes, unfortunately, the haters have a point.
Posted on: October 16, 2010 4:39 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:15 pm

Denard Robinson is not a talented passer (yet)

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Out in Ann Arbor, Iowa has taken a 14-7 lead on the Michigan Wolverines. The Hawkeyes' second touchdown came on a short field, thanks to a Tyler Sash interception.

That interception came on a pretty terrible throw; Denard Robinson either screwed up the timing with his receiver or just overthrew him by about 15 yards. Either way, Robinson threw the ball directly to Sash, who returned the ball to Michigan's 49.

And that's kind of what to expect from Robinson. He's 8/11 on the day for 74 yards, and he's not a bad passer, but he's just far less dangerous as a thrower than as a runner. He showed that last season against Iowa, he showed it last week against Michigan State, and he's showing it today too.

But you know what? That's okay. He's a sophomore, first-year starter at quarterback, and Rich Rodriguez has shown to be a perfectly capable playcaller when it comes to limiting the amount of tough throws that Robinson needs to make. And he's still -- yes, still -- a legitimate Heisman contender. So he's not terrible. He's just not a talented thrower just yet.

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