116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Yes, my plastic tripod gave out and my camera tumbled off the desk and onto the floor.
I'm not sure if it was rolling, but the tripod is shot. You'll notice throughout that I had trouble centering the frame. Time for a metal tripod. It was probably time last spring.
Live and learn.
Don't worry. This kind of stuff won't happen when we go behind a pay wall.
Intro and then right into position stuff. The first question was why no fullback on the depth chart? I'm not sure if they have any right now. Kirk Ferentz said that he envisions the offense with a fullback. He also said it's going to take some time to get a feel for personnel.
-- How much were they able to learn about C.J. Beathard last season? The freshman mostly ran scout team in practice.
Ferentz has talked about getting running backs Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock on the field at the same time. Here is some more of that. That seems to be in the plans. I'm not sure I could characterize how much it might be in the plans.
-- OT Brandon Scherff is fine. Remember, he missed the final five games last season with broken fibula and a dislocated ankle.
-- On quarterback: Ferentz predicts the evaluation will be longer than it is short, but wants to see how the three stack up.
The Des Moines practice was asked here. From Ferentz's answer, it looks as though that is a go, it just hasn't been finalized. Expect news later this week, maybe Friday. It looks like West Des Moines Valley High School on Saturday, April 20. Maybe noon.
-- Ferentz believes the O-line could be a strength for the Hawkeyes.
Ferentz was asked about how a 4-8 record went over in coach-fan circles during the winter. Bottom line, no one is happy with 4-8 and Ferentz doesn't expect sunshine coming his way.
-- Chris White was brought in to coach running backs and coordinate special teams. Ferentz was asked how much they'd be able to get to that this spring. The biggest thing for White (Ferentz also threw LB coach LeVar Woods and grad assistant Kelvin Bell in there because they help with ST) is learning personnel. Ferentz said a fresh eye could be good in that regard.
-- Ferentz was asked about schedule degree of difficulty.
-- He also said Iowa isn't counting on anyone from the 2013 recruiting class to come in and save the day.
Defensive line was the main topic here. (One person absent from the two deep was sophomore DE Melvin Spears.)
-- How are they going to pressure the QB?
-- No idea yet how Weisman, Bullock and Jordan Canzeri might work at RB. We are, after all, talking about Iowa RB.
-- The offense is on a quest for big plays. Ferentz said it's hard to be perfect for 14 plays on four drives a game. A home run here and there would work. (Iowa was dreadful in this area last season.)
The topic of recruiting de-regulation is covered here.
Iowa has offered at least three high school sophomores. It's the way of the world, and Ferentz plans for Iowa to compete in that world.