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IOWA CITY — Let’s try to do this every Tuesday. Five quick takeaways from the wake of the news.
1. Nathan Stanley is in
I’ll expand on this in the next post, but true freshman QB Nathan Stanley is at least the No. 3 quarterback and is in contention for No. 2. Head coach Kirk Ferentz said he’d like to keep the redshirt on, so, holding senior C.J. Beathard as the trump card (not that trump), as it stands right now, here’s the big question: If Beathard loses his helmet, does Stanley go in? Or if Beathard sprains an ankle, does Stanley get the nod for an extended period of time?
You could call me on this technicality and that’d be fine, this does remain to be seen, is Stanely technically in? Probably not if he’s the No. 3, but definitely if he claims the backup spot.
1a. Ferentz was asked straight out if this moves Drew Cook, redshirt freshman who was maybe the favorite for the No. 3 spot, to tight end. Ferentz said they haven’t thought about that.
2. Other true freshmen who might be in ...
Defensive coordinator Phil Parker said defensive tackle Cedric Lattimore is probably playing. His listed weight is 260. That probably was maybe when he signed in February. Parker said the 6-5 freshman is likely playing. It sounds like true freshman DE Chauncey Golston is on the fence and maybe shading toward redshirt. He’s listed at 227, for what that’s worth.
Parker also mentioned cornerback Manny Rugamba is in.
Running backs Toks Akinribade and Toren Young are maybes. Same with TEs, but Ferentz did say TEs are “wide open” after senior George Kittle. Parker alluded to LB Amani Jones as a special teams candidate.
3. Quickies on open spots on the depth chart
— If a game were scheduled for tomorrow, junior Bo Bower would be ahead of sophomore Aaron Mends at weakside linebacker. Parker called it a “good battle” and that Bower is the “leading candidate.” Ferentz said Bower has had a consistent camp.
— Ferentz said kicker remains wide open with sophomores Miguel Recinos and Mick Ellis and true freshman Keith Duncan still in the race. True freshman Caleb Shudak didn’t make that cut.
— Senior Ron Coluzzi has won punter, but Ferentz made it sound like it’s not totally over and redshirt freshman Colten Rastetter hasn’t surrendered. Game tomorrow, it’s Coluzzi.
— TE is a mystery box. Ferentz didn’t name names beyond Kittle. Junior Jon Wisnieski remains out with a sprained MCL. Ferentz said there have been a few more injuries gumming things up as far as evaluation.
4. Attrition is a thing
WR Emmanuel Ogwo told the staff this week that he is leaving football to concentrate on track. It’s a healthy split. Ogwo came in with state track meet medals from the state of Texas. Ogwo was, however, getting reps with the second team, so, of course, this does sting a little.
Ferentz just kind of threw this out there today: “Explosive plays, if we get a few of those, it would be nice. I haven’t seen enough of them in camp, so maybe we have a few we’re saving for the season. I hope we are.”
Linebacker Nick Wilson was kicked off the team. The scholarship linebacker from Granger wasn’t invited to camp and then was arrested for an OWI last weekend.
That’s 10 defections since the end of the 2015 season (Ogwo, Wilson, Omar Truitt, Eric Graham, Andre Harris, Terrence Harris, Justin Jinning, Jameer Outsey, Maurice Fleming and Lance Billings). The circumstances range from a hunt for playing time (probably the majority, with Fleming going to West Virginia as a graduate transfer being the best example) to disciplinary (Wilson) to academics to homesickness (Billings left after a week of summer conditioning).
5. Wandering thoughts ...
— Along with the explosive comment from Ferentz, there was this one, on the fluid depth chart, “The moves caused by injuries, that’s probably common and that rotates and we’ve got more than a handful of those right now ...”
The “Ferentz hiding in plain sight”-o-meter mentions lack of explosive plays and too many injuries.
— This week remains a camp mode. Ferentz said they still need to run situations they might not see or that they might see all of the time, overtime for example.
— Expect a depth chart Friday.
— Last year at this time, offensive coordinator Greg Davis said he was deciding on whether or not to move WR Jay Scheel into the rotation or put him on scout team. Scheel played just three snaps in 2015, so, yeah, the answer was scout team.
The answer is different this year.
“He’s going to be in the game, I’ll say that,” Davis said with a laugh. “He’s way, way ahead now.”
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