IOWA CITY — Kind of surprised the Hawkeyes practiced outside on this Wednesday morning in March. There was some drizzle in the air and temperatures struggled to climb above 40 degrees.
Hey, it’s football, right?
The Iowa coaches were active and verbal. The practice was physical and fast.
First, let’s start with those not participating in Wednesday’s practice.
Junior defensive end Matt Nelson had his right foot in an immobilizer and needed to rest that leg on a scooter and push with his left to get around. The 6-8, 285-pounder was able to go through conditioning on a stationary bike.
Is it a break? We likely won’t hear officially until after the Des Moines practice on April 7. That’s the next time head coach Kirk Ferentz speaks with the media.
Tight end Nate Wieting was on crutches and had an immobilizer on his right foot. Nelson and Wieting seemed to be the most affected.
Ferentz announced last week that senior wide receiver Matt VandeBerg reinjured his left foot and will miss spring practice. VandeBerg was on a bike Wednesday. Ferentz expects him to be full-go in June.
Other bikers: defensive tackle Nathan Bazata (lower-leg injury), fullback Drake Kulick (leg and shoulder), linebacker Nick Niemann, defensive tackle Jake Newborg (knee), cornerback Cedric Boswell and defensive end Anthony Nelson.
Anthony Nelson didn’t appear to have anything serious. Might just be an illness.
Linebacker Josey Jewell had a brace on his left arm, something he started wearing about halfway through last season.
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Quarterback? Sophomore Nathan Stanley ran with the No. 1 group. Junior Tyler Wiegers was with the No. 2s. Then, it was Drew Cook, Ryan Boyle and Ryan Schmidt.
Junior-college walk-on Nick Easley ran as a starter. Ferentz said Easley had a good winter and that’s paid off with reps so far.
Players speak at 11:30 this morning. Defensive line coach Reese Morgan and linebackers coach Seth Wallace are scheduled to be interviewed at 1.
For more videos from this morning’s practice, go to my YouTube channel here.
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