The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

August 31, 2012

LEVINE: Ready for some football

CLINTON — This weekend marks the first part of the college football season, and it’s about time.

Suspensions and criminal activity have marred the offseason, so I, like many other football fans, are ready for the action to start so we don’t have to read countless headlines of arrests.

On the local level, former Clinton High School running back David Johnson will split carries with Carlos Anderson at the University of Northern Iowa. The Panthers will have a tall task as they travel to Wisconsin to take on the defending Big-10 champs.

If Johnson does what he did in his first game last year, which happened to be his first collegiate game ever, then the Panthers may have a shot at sticking with the Badgers. Johnson tallied two touchdowns against Iowa State during the year’s first game last year, and he racked up more than 100 total yards.

The Panther freshman started in five games last season and totaled more than 1,200 all-purpose yards during a campaign that resulted in being the runner-up in the Missouri Valley Conference as Freshman of the Year.

Expectations are high for the Panthers and Johnson, a redshirt sophomore, but Saturday’s game may be too difficult of a challenge for the lower division team.

Iowa State and Iowa also feature former local standouts. Austin Krick is part of the Cyclones football team as a defensive lineman. The redshirt sophomore, who played alongside Johnson during the magical River Kings run in 2009, is not on the two-deep for the first game against Tulsa, but as the season progresses and injuries become a factor, we’ll see if Krick can work his way up the depth chart.

For the University of Iowa, junior Casey Kreiter, of DeWitt, will once again handle long-snapping duties. He handled all those duties last year in 13 games, and is expected to once again carry the load.

It will be an interesting year for the two major universities in Iowa with plenty of uncertainty. Staying healthy and catching a few breaks will play a major role in the Hawkeyes and Cyclones’ success. Hopefully both teams can keep their focus on their first games, with Iowa playing Northern Illinois, and Iowa State facing Tulsa, before squaring off against each other in week 2.

Once again, CNHI, the parent company of the Clinton Herald, is conducting its college football sweepstakes. One winner receives a gift certificate from Dick’s Sporting Goods, while a grand prize winner will be selected at the end of the year. Go to Clintonherald.com for more details.

• My predictions are in bold

Southeastern Louisiana at Missouri; Clemson vs. Auburn; Murray State at Florida State; Eastern Kentucky at Purdue; Iowa vs. Northern Illinois; Miami at Boston College; Richmond at Virginia; Buffalo at Georgia; Western Michigan at Illinois; Tulsa at Iowa State; Ohio at Penn State; Marshall at West Virginia; Notre Dame vs. Navy; Central Arkansas at Mississippi; Jackson State at Mississippi State; Northwestern State at Texas Tech; Michigan vs. Alabama; Wyoming at Texas; Indiana State at Indiana; Texas State at Houston; Oklahoma at UTEP; Miami (Ohio) at Ohio State; Northwestern at Syracuse; William and Mary at Maryland; Youngstown State at Pittsburgh.

Scott Levine is the Associate Editor of the Clinton Herald. He can be reached at scottlevine@clintonherald.com.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Dangerous Darkies Logo.png Redskins not the only nickname to cause a stir

    Daniel Snyder has come under fire for refusing to change the mascot of his NFL team, the Washington Redskins. The Redskins, however, are far from being the only controversial mascot in sports history.  Here is a sampling of athletic teams from all areas of the sports world that were outside the norm.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • Off and on the record Let us now praise anonymous sources.The new White House press secretary got into a familiar old spat with the White House press corps the other day over the use of anonymous sources.Josh Earnest — has there ever been a more perfectly named White Hous

    July 25, 2014

  • Be more informed

    Blame the city.That is a favorite pastime of many, including me at times. Driving over that pesky pothole or paying that annual property tax bill can lead to some choice words referencing the city. Nobody takes the brunt of being the scapegoat more t

    July 25, 2014

  • CCC thanks community, collaborators for successful movie night Clinton Community College would like to thank those who participated in the free outdoor movie showing of “Captain America – Winter Soldier” on the evening of Friday, July 18.We are grateful to have such wonderful community collaborators in the Erick

    July 25, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Todd Akin's back again to talk of rape So, Todd Akin is back and he’s talking rape again.You remember what happened last time. The would-be Missouri senator torpedoed his campaign two years ago after suggesting in a TV interview that if a woman is a victim of “legitimate rape,” she is unl

    July 22, 2014

  • Sadness remains as two-year mark passes in cousins' case As most citizens of the Cedar Valley are well aware, July 13 marked two years since the disappearance of cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey of Evansdale.The passage of time provides some semblance of healing, but the sadness, particul

    July 22, 2014

  • UI needs to keep its admission standards high There’s been a lot of talk lately — most of it coming from the leadership of the Iowa state Board of Regents — about the University of Iowa not being passionate enough about its recruitment of in-state undergraduates. Regent president Bruce Rastetter

    July 21, 2014

  • Vote fraud myths meet voting rights reality Before she was allowed to register and vote for the first time in Franklin County, North Carolina, Rosanell Eaton had to read the entire preamble to the U.S. Constitution out loud in front of three men in the county courthouse.Eaton is black. The thr

    July 21, 2014 1 Story

Poll

With the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission and the Clinton County Board of Supervisors discussing proposals to construct a new jail, do you think the time has come for Clinton County to construct such a facility?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook