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Nothing really breaking right now. RB Derrick Mitchell might be out after suffering an injury earlier this week in practice. That would mean a turn up for true freshman Toks Akinribade, who, if you were paying attention into the hinter moments of last week’s victory over Iowa State, had a pretty nice week.
It’s frustrating for me, sometimes, when people start picking up on things. In last week’s Walk Through, we talked about RB Akrum Wadley nursing a knee injury. I’m not sure what it is, but Wadley still managed 49 rushing yards and two TDs last week. That’s pretty good nursing. My Twitter this week had a few surprise responses to Wadley. He had this going into last week and will play today.
I think. RBs should be out soon, so we’ll see who’s all out there.
— We have final 2016-17 salaries for Iowa assistant coaches, for those of you who keep track of it. (And you should, it’s one way to keep score with the Big Ten, right?)
These are new after the allocation of the $250,000 one-time salary increased stipulated for Iowa’s assistants in head coach Kirk Ferentz’s new contract.
Iowa’s coordinators Greg Davis and Phil Parker and strength coach Chris Doyle will make $625,000 this year.
D-line coach Reese Morgan and O-line coach Brian Ferentz are at $425,000. WR coach Bobby Kennedy and LB coach Seth Wallace are $340,000. RB coach Chris White and TE coach LeVar Woods are $315,000. And recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell is $200,000 (this is Bell’s first full season).
Also stipulated in Ferentz’s contract, all coaches who’ve been on staff for five years will be offered two-year contracts (those kicked in in July). I think that’s everyone except maybe White and Bell.
— So, Mitchell isn’t on the field. Heard he was on crutches. Haven’t confirmed that. Mitchell is Iowa’s best third-down back. He’s a converted WR. We’ll see who fills that. FWIW, true freshman Toren Young will be in uniform. He hasn’t played yet this year. I don’t think he’s a third down candidate.
— Everyone remember, Keith Duncan is a Texan. His family moved to North Carolina when he was 14. He had never kicked before, tried out, the varsity kicker hurt his back and here’s Keith Duncan.
Talked to his grandparents outside the stadium. Really nice meeting them!
— Looked up and sophomore Miguel Recinos boomed a few 51-yarders through the uprights. We’re in warmups here, BTW.
— Remember, Iowa WR/TE Shaun Beyer was committed to NDSU before Iowa offered. That’s the level the Bison shop at in recruiting, which is a pretty good level. NDSU sneaks in and finds one or two from Iowa (it really hits Minnesota). NDSU RB Lance Dunn is a great example. He went to Waterloo West. He’s eager to show Iowa what it missed out on and has said as much.
NDSU coach Chris Klieman, a Waterloo native, said Dunn was his first recruit as NDSU’s head coach.
— Iowa AD Gary Barta on the “no FCS” policy in the Big Ten: The policy is going to change. He wonders if there one day could be any exceptions? As it stands now, UNI in 2018 is the last FCS on Iowa’s schedule. For now, that’s the way it will remain.
In my opinion, the atmoshere outside of Kinnick today is 1,000,000 times more interesting than Miami (Ohio). NDSU is bringing 7,000 to 10,000. Miami brought maybe hundreds. Maybe.
— Ferentz up next on the radio show.
— No. 23 is WR Dominique Dafney. He’s a WR from Iowa Western Community College. Passes the look test.
— G Sean Welsh will play. He left late in the first half last week with an ankle injury, but returned. He’ll play.
— Mitchell is officially not in uniform.
— WR Adrian Falconer is in uniform. He has yet to play this season. We’ll see if he does today.
— Iowa was really close to offering NDSU QB Easton Stick when he came out of Omaha Creighton Prep. Just didn’t pull the trigger on an offer. Stick is an explosive athlete. He probably won’t unseat Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson as Iowa’s No. 1 source of cognitive dissonance.
— C James Daniels is in uniform. I wasn’t watching and don’t know if he’s first team. I still expect sophomore Lucas LeGrand to start.
— On Iowa radio: DE Parker Hesse is dressed and will play. Rob Brooks says Welsh and Daniels will not start. G Keegan Render and LeGrand are in.
Rob said Welsh and Daniels are “available,” but won’t start.
— Welsh and Daniels are working out with the second team OL.
— No OT Brett Waechter again this week. The redshirt freshman began the season as a second-teamer. Didn’t line up with second team in warmups last week. I don’t see him on the field yet this week. Not sure what is going on there. Depending on the postgame result, we’ll see if it comes up with Ferentz.
— Second OL was from left Ryan Ward, Ross Reynolds, James Daniels, Sean Welsh and Levi Paulsen.
— Welsh jogged pretty slowly off the field, but that might be his “jogging off the field” speed.
— Hesse did line up with the first team in the team part of warmups.
That should do it for this.
Starting OL from left to right is Croston, Myers, LeGrand, Render and Boettger.
Enjoy the game.
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