AH podcast: Don Patterson breaks down Iowa heading to the bye week


IOWA CITY, Iowa - Former Iowa offensive coordinator Don Patterson made his usual Monday appearance on the AllHawkeyes podcast, and to say it was informative would be an understatement.

Pattterson's interview lasted for about 30 minutes and he addressed a number of topics about the Iowa football team, which enters the bye week with records of 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten.

Iowa collected its first conference win this past Saturday by defeating Illinois 45-16 at Kinnick Stadium in a game that was closer than the final score indicated.

Patterson, who coached under Hayden Fry for 20 seasons at Iowa, questioned why Iowa running back Akrum Wadley didn't start the game and figures it was probably due to a minor disciplinary infraction. Patterson also praised the performance of sophomore quarterback Nate Stanley, who has thrown 15 touchdown passes and just two interceptions in six games.

Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz also drew praise from Patterson for having more of an attack mentality as a play caller compared to his predecessor, Greg Davis.

Patterson isn't afraid to speak his mind, but he always backs his criticism with facts and statistics. He is loyal to the Hawkeyes, but he also tries to be objective.

That's why we always look forward to his Monday interview because Patterson always delivers.

Listen for yourself and you be the judge.