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Hawks playing for a pig

online reporter Mark Woodley

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- It's a lot of fuss over a pig, but Floyd of Rosedale isn't your average pig--

"Floyd's a big deal for us," said linebacker A.J. Edds, "We've been playing for a while for it, that's the first thing.  It goes back a long time."

The traveling trophy awarded since 1936 to the winner of the Hawkeye-Gopher game is just one of 3 trophies the Hawks play for on an annual basis.  They all currently reside in Iowa City after Iowa re-captured the Cy-Hawk trophy beating Iowa State, and then did the same to Wisconsin to recapture the Heartland trophy.

"One of our goals this year was to get all the trophies back that we lost last year," said defensive end Broderick Binns, "and so it's definitely going to be a challenge keeping them all."

"We're thrilled to have all 3 of them right now," added head coach Kirk Ferentz, "but realize it's short term parking, possibly, if we don't do our job Saturday."

While many Hawk fans consider wins over the Cyclones and Badgers to outweigh beating the Gophers, the player's don't exactly see it that way.

"For whatever reason they pick this game to not think it's a big game for us," said Edds, "the Minnesota game, but it's a huge game for us."

As for the Floyd trophy, there's no doubt it stands snout and jowls above the rest.

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