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PISCATAWAY, N.J. — We are here at High Point Solutions Stadium at ________ University.
It’s Rutgers, but the stadium naming rights are an interesting notion. How many Big Ten teams have naming rights?
Rutgers and Minnesota (TCF Bank) are the only Big Ten schools that have sold naming rights. Here’s what Rutgers got selling its: a 10-year, $6.5 million agreement. According to Bloomberg, that amount is less than half annually what representatives of the New Brunswick, New Jersey-based university had said they wanted.
I don’t see that trend catching on in the Big Ten, a most austere conference.
— The QBs, WRs, TEs, RBs and some DBs are on the field.
Not seeing WR Adrian Falconer. I’m wondering if he’s not taking a redshirt. He hasn’t played this season. Connor Keane made the trip.
The RBs here are LeShun Daniels, Akrum Wadley, Toks Akinribade and Toren Young. Derrick Mitchell was declared out early this week. He suffered a leg injury in practice last week. This is the second week he’ll be out. His presence as third down back was, to put it mildly, missed last week.
Four TEs have made the trip — George Kittle, Peter Pekar, Nate Vejvoda and Noah Fant.
— The Iowa skill players worked out on both ends of High Point. Just getting a feel for the thing. Weather is perfect. Little wind, no rain. Overcast and 60 degrees.
— CB Joshua Jackson is here. He didn’t play last week.
— I don’t expect any lineup surprises this week. From everything Ferentz has said this week, Sean Welsh and James Daniels will be back on the O-line. Will that be enough to breath some life into a running game that went nowhere last week? Part of the reason we’re all going to watch, right?
— I like this stadium. It’s not huge. It’s probably what it needs to be for Rutgers. I would be a season ticket holder if I were from Freehold.
— Rutgers radio guy: High praise for Darius Hamilton and Julian Pinnix-Odrick. LBs are new. Said the secondary is much improved. Not a heavy blitzing team, picks its spots.
— Iowa is 4 of 4 on fourth downs this season. KF was asked this week if that was situational or if it was based on what true freshman kicker Keith Duncan can do with his leg.
I thought it was an interesting question. Duncan has kicked just one field goal this season, a 22-yarder. I haven’t felt like the decisions have been guided by Duncan’s abilities.
Here’s KF on the topic:
“At least thus far none of the decisions have been based on the kicker at all, although we do have parameters like everybody does,” Ferentz said. “But those are things we discuss during the week and we try to map out our plan for the entire game. It’s tied in with score and that type of thing, point in the game, all those things, different situations. We try to make those decisions, have those discussions by the end of the day Thursday, and you can always change them, what have you, but they’ve all been pre-planned.”
Duncan regularly practices 50-yarders during the pregame. He just booted a couple of them successfully.
— KF radio: He hit on the theme he hit on all week — make the makeable plays.
CJB did have an X-ray Sunday. KF says he’s fine and ready to go (looks good from here). Mitchell and TE Nate Wieting out this week.
— Meniscus tears were the topic for Iowa radio. Talking Adrian Peterson’s injury. When a player gets a meniscus repaired, it’s a three to four month deal. Doctors try to get it to heal. I’ve had mine done twice. It was a scrape out. I wish I would’ve had it repaired. I didn’t know that was an option.
Oh well, I’d say I’ve got maybe five years until bionic knee. Optimistically.
— Welsh and Daniels lined up with starters in warmups, so they look like a go. All starters you’d expect are in the lineup.
— No. 2 OL is from left to right Ryan Ward, Steve Ferentz, Lucas LeGrand, Keegan Render and Dalton Ferguson.
— No. 2 DL is Anthony Nelson, Grimm, Cedric Lattimore, Sam Brincks.
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