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So, you know how the NBA gives microphones to its players and coaches so we can hear those 10-second bites on ESPN and TNT during halftime or timeouts?

Well Iowa did something very similar with its freshmen football class.

Except the Hawkeyes turned their own version of "Mic'd Up" into 17 minutes of insight and entertainment — "Freshman Mic'd Up."

The video features loads of clips of practice (and practice shenanigans) with guys such as Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Matt Hankins and A.J. Epenesa. But it also features interviews with veterans, getting their perspective on Iowa's exciting bunch of freshmen, and team events outside of practice.

Check it out here:

Matthew Bain covers preps, recruiting and the Hawkeyes for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral. Contact him at mbain@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewBain_.

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