Iowa football names leadership group

Five seniors head the list

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This is Iowa's first week of summer workouts. The players and coaches have come up with the leadership group.

Five seniors are on the list. The redshirt freshmen are QB C.J. Beathard and OL Ryan Ward. I'm not sure it's a harbinger for Ward or not. I do think he could be a candidate to start inside this season, riding the Bulaga-Reiff track to left tackle. Don't read too much into Beathard. Jake Rudock also is on the group.

This group does have a voice when it comes to certain items. As far as I know, it doesn't when it comes to matters of off-field incidents and that sort of thing. That's the code of conduct and whatever Kirk Ferentz decides to do.

Here's the release from Iowa:


IOWA CITY, IOWA - - Fifteen University of Iowa football players have been named to the team’s 2013 Leadership Group.  Head coach Kirk Ferentz announced the group Wednesday.

The group for the upcoming year includes six seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and two redshirt freshmen.  A member of the 2013 incoming freshman class will be added in the fall.  The purpose of the group is to help formulate policies and enter into team decision-making matters regarding the upcoming season.  Players are selected by a team vote.

“This is an outstanding group of players that will represent their teammates well,” said Ferentz.  “I look forward to visiting with this group in the weeks ahead, as well as during the season.”

The six seniors are LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Christian Kirksey, LS Casey Kreiter, DB B.J. Lowery, LB James Morris and OL Brett Van Sloten.  The juniors include WR Kevonte Martin-Manley, OL Brandon Scherff and RB Mark Weisman.  The sophomore class is represented by OL Austin Blythe, DB Jordan Lomax, DL Drew Ott and QB Jake Rudock.  The redshirt freshmen are QB C.J. Beathard and OL Ryan Ward.

The 2013 Hawkeye Leadership Group includes:

C.J. Beathard                           QB            Redshirt Freshman            Franklin, Tenn.

Austin Blythe                           OL             Sophomore                        Williamsburg, Iowa

Anthony Hitchens                    LB             Senior                                Lorain, Ohio

Christian Kirksey                     LB             Senior                                St. Louis, Mo.

Casey Kreiter                           LS             Senior                                DeWitt, Iowa

Jordan Lomax                          DB            Sophomore                        Upper Marlboro, Md.

B.J. Lowery                              DB            Senior                                Cincinnati, Ohio

Kevonte Martin-Manley           WR            Junior                                Pontiac, Mich.

James Morris                            LB             Senior                                Solon, Iowa

Drew Ott                                  DL             Sophomore                        Giltner, Neb.

Jake Rudock                             QB            Sophomore                        Weston, Fla.

Brandon Scherff                      OL             Junior                                Denison, Iowa

Brett Van Sloten                      OL             Senior                                Decorah, Iowa

Ryan Ward                               OL             Redshirt Freshman            Homer Glen, Ill.

Mark Weisman                         RB             Junior                                Buffalo Grove, Ill

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