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My goodness. The Iowa radio show started with an analogy that had the people dressing up like clowns and scaring people as scarier than Iowa’s defense.
Oh my. Cue The Doors’ “This is the End.”
OK, game to play. Let’s have some fun.
— It’s early, but I don’t see RB Akrum Wadley. I’m not publishing this until I know something either way, though. It’s 9:10 a.m. Mark it down.
— I mean there’s gotta be more than three RBs, right? Right now, it’s LeShun Daniels, Derrick Mitchell and Toks Akinribade. There’s some time, so let’s not freak out.
— OK, the group runs back up the tunnel. Wadley didn’t make an appearance. We officially have missing persons. He did say this week that his knee is a work in progress. I don’t know, let’s see.
— Next time players are on the field, we’ll know on Wadley. That’s not going to happen for awhile, so until then, enjoy the Cubs’ victory from last night in your mind’s eye.
— Specialists time . . . And there’s Akrum Wadley. He’s in uniform and ready to roll.
— There is no wind up here today. Zero. Zip. Nada.
— Iowa skill players are out there. Five tight ends made the trip. That seems like a lot, but we’ll see.
— KF is on the radio. Said Minny schemed big plays against Iowa last year, uncontested big plays.
— KF said gotta stop the run. Leidner is a dangerous runner.
— KF: UM packages on defense with speed on third down. Iowa has to establish its run game. UM crowds the box. Iowa has to execute in the passing game to take advantage.
— Going to be seeing some lineups soon.
I know Gary Dolphin tweeted something about lineup changes last night. I think he was goofing. One note on that, however, is no Brett Waechter. The redshirt freshman left tackle hasn’t dressed since week 1. He suffered an undisclosed injury and hasn’t dressed since. Ferentz thought he would be back last week. He wasn’t. He might’ve given good competition at left tackle, but isn’t in uniform for the fifth week.
— Here’s the health report on the radio. I think everything is OK.
They’re talking about turf toe. I’m not sure who has that, but usually they Rob and Dr. Wolf don’t pull these out of the air. Maybe they do, but I don’t know on this one.
Rob Brooks said Iowa is in good shape. Should be good to go.
Rob just hinted at changes on the OL lineup. Brett Waechter isn’t one of them. He’s not in uniform for the fifth week.
So, maybe Dolph wasn’t trolling????
— OK, here’s the OL from left to right: Boone Myers moves back out to left tackle, where he started he started 10 games last year, then it’s Ike Boettger at right guard, moving inside from right tackle, James Daniels is the center. Sean Welsh is in place at right guard. Cole Croston moves over to right tackle.
Myers was given the keys to left tackle and has been one of Iowa’s higher-graded OL from PFF this season at guard. He gets the call up to protect CJB’s blindside. Croston gave up four sacks last week. I assume that’s what prompted the move.
Boettger to guard? I don’t know about that one. I used to hear last year on occasion that Boettger practiced some at guard. He allowed one sack last week and that’ll happen. Let’s see how Croston holds up on the right.
The bottom line is there’s not a ton of quality depth, which is what produces quality competition so you’re not changing your starting OL after learning a hard lesson halfway through the season.
Maybe that’ll arrive next year, the competition, I mean.
— Ed Podolak calls for moving CJB around more in the pocket or rolling the pocket. He’s right. CJB has been sitting in the pocket too long. He needs to adjust his clock to about 2.5 seconds. And so does the game plan. There were too many 5- and 7-step drops last week with crumbling protection. The playcall has to account for the lack of protection. And, oh yeah, a relatively new group of receivers that needs all the help it can get to get open.
Clean releases this week are critical for them.
— Defensive changes. None. Zip. Zero. Nada.
Let’s see if it holds up. Iowa’s run defense is tracking to be the worst since 2000, a team that finished 3-9.
OK, 20 minutes to kick.
Enjoy the game.
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