SPORTS AUGUST 14, 2015Written by John Kuhens on August 14, 2015
Dustin Johnson grabbed the early lead in the PGA Championship golf tournament in Wisconsin. Dustin Johnson shot a 6 under par 66, Zach Johnson a Cedar Rapids, Iowa native and winner of the recent British Open shot a 3 over par 75 as did Tiger Woods.
Chicago Bears won an exhibition football game at home last night 27-10 over the Miami Dolphins, the Monsters of the Midway trailed 10-3 at half before rallying to win. In other NFL preseason action the Green Bay Packers beat the Super Bowl champ New England Patriots 22-11. Tom Brady played two series, a 3 and out and a 4 and out, hitting 1 of 4 passes. Aaron Rodgers of the “Pack” completed 11 of 19 passes for 117 yards.
The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference has released the 2015 Football Coaches Preseason Poll. Iowa Wesleyan was selected to finish fifth in the poll, receiving 44 total points. The College of Saint Scholastica was voted to win the conference. Saint Scholastica finished with eight first place votes and a total of 80 points.
Last season, the Tigers experienced their first winning season in 20 years. IW ended their season with an overall record of 6-4 and tied for fourth place in UMAC standings.
Iowa Wesleyan returns nine starters from last years team. Caleb Huss will play a key role in the Tigers quest to build on their success from last season. Huss threw for 1509! yards and 23 touchdowns and earned USCAA All-American and UMAC All-Conference honors a year ago. IW looks for Tylor Hoyle to step up this year to replace the loss of their main targets last year. The Tigers will also look for incoming freshman Bryson Oliver to make an impact right away. Last season, he played in just six games but ended the year with 995 yards and 11 touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, Iowa Wesleyan returns five starters. Nate Daniels, Darryl Smith, Ryan Gerleman and Christian Henriksen are the top returners for the Tigers this season. Daniels led the team in tackles last season at linebacker. He recorded 91 tackles, forced a fumble, and blocked a kick for the purple and white. Smith returns at defensive back and will look to provide veteran experience. He finished the season with 52 tackles and 3 interceptions. Ryan Gerleman also returns at defensive back after playing all ten games for Iowa Wesleyan. Henriksen will be a sophomore defensive lineman for IW. Last season he recorded 42 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries. Connor Davidson and Eric Dubose will be key newcomers for the Tigers this year. Davidson comes to the Iowa Wesleyan from Davis County High School and will be looked upon to boost the defensive line and provide toughness and constant pass rush to the team. Dubose, a middle linebacker, joins the Tigers after playing for Hinsdale South High School. He will help be a run stopper for the IW.