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Des Moines is happening

Spring trip to Des Moines; Sokol leaves the Iowa program

Iowa Hawkeyes tight end Ray Hamilton (82) and tight end Jake Duzey (87) perform a ball security drill during an open practice Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. (Gazette file)
Iowa Hawkeyes tight end Ray Hamilton (82) and tight end Jake Duzey (87) perform a ball security drill during an open practice Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. (Gazette file)

CEDAR RAPIDS -- Iowa football's plans to practice at Valley Stadium in Des Moines have been finalized, coach Kirk Ferentz said Monday.

"That is ready to go," Ferentz said before a Rotary Club meeting at the DoubleTree Convention Complex in downtown Cedar Rapids. "We want to do something for fans in the Des Moines area and this gives us a chance."

Iowa again will practice at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, where the Hawkeyes also practiced last year. The date is April 12. A specific time has yet to be determined.

-- Ferentz confirmed that quarterback Cody Sokol has left the Iowa program. It was simply a matter of playing time. Sokol, a senior-to-be, was pinned behind starter Jake Rudock and backup C.J. Beathard. Redshirt freshman Nic Shimonek is now the No. 3 QB.

"Cody couldn't have handled it any better," Ferentz said.

Ferentz mentioned Louisiana Tech as a landing spot for Sokol, who'll be a senior next season. He signed with Iowa in the 2012 class as a junior college transfer from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College and then took a redshirt. He saw limited time last season and didn't attempt a pass.

-- As far as spring practice goes, sophomore safety Anthony Gair and redshirt freshman running back Akrum Wadley will be nursing wrist injuries and might be limited. Ferentz said another player, not on the two deeps, had a shoulder surgery and also would be slowed this spring.

-- Ferentz said there was no specific reason for Iowa's late start (March 26) to spring practice. He mentioned that some of the programs Iowa coaches visited in the offseason, including Oregon and Oregon State, were on the same schedule.

Iowa begins spring March 26 and will end it with an open practice at Kinnick Stadium 2 p.m. Saturday April 26.

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