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This is your weekly Kirk Ferentz radio show highlight show post. It's stream of consciousness. Just know that going in.
- Iowa radio play-by-play voice Gary Dolphin said expect to see what you probably think you'll see at QB this weekend.
That means junior Jake Rudock probably gets the bigger slice of cake. Maybe all of the cake. You saw what he did last week. You can argue at this point that Iowa's passing game, with either Rudock or sophomore C.J. Beathard, is healthier than Iowa's running game.
Rudock is on track for for a 67 percent completion rate. That would be the best in the Ferentz era.
So, he's standing tall at QB. Ferentz said Tuesday they'll try to squeeze in some CBJ. And The Dolph reiterated that.
One thing, Iowa showed option with Beathard. If both QBs are healthy, CJB might be able to do some damage. Ohio State ran a speed option that Maryland didn't track.
But, no, Iowa isn't Ohio State and this option thing, CJB with RB Jonathan Parker trailing, is very, very new.
Check back for updates.
Dolph has read Iowa's remaining schedule twice already.
- Mike is the first caller. Don't fail to communicate, Mike!!!
He's got three quick things. Mike was the guy who asked about Seth Wallace last week.
Uh oh, On Iowa Live is brought up. Dolph has been on the show. He talks about Iowa running into stacked fronts. No sense in talking about it anymore. It's also been talked about by Ed Podolak. Whichever way the QB opens his hips is the way the play is going. KF acknowledges this and says, yeah. On our show, Ed talked about some counter action. Dolph says it doesn't matter who or which panel discusses it, it is what it is.
Mike praises sophomore RB LeShun Daniels. Dolph said there's a reason Daniels isn't playing. He agrees with Mike about potential and reminds Mike that KF does see practice every day and Daniels is in a wait-your-turn mode.
It's true. I've fielded a lot of Daniels questions. He's been beaten out, for now, for this year.
- This ain't no crootin' show, Dolph said.
- Craig from Sioux City, do that talky thing that you do so well!
Craig wants more jet sweep. Notes that Sconnie has done it.
Is this show a rewind? Someone check. I think it was Mike and then Craig last week, too.
Craig thinks the running game is going now. Dolph notes that you can't run the jet sweep like every other play. Said Damon Bullock wouldn't be able to do what Jonathan Parker does in the play. He's right.
Dolph believes Iowa is better with two RB and two TE (22 personnel with a fullback). Dolph pleads for diversity. The jet sweep is a constraint play. It works sometimes when you fake it (see Purdue).
- Guy, talk!
Jerry brings up C Tommy Gaul. Dolph said Jordan Walsh suffered a severe ankle sprain. He said Walsh practiced Wednesday and has a chance to play. Dolph praises Austin Blythe. Rightly, in my opinion. Blythe slid from center to guard to accommodate Gaul.
It was nicely done all around. Dolph is hyping this. Does it stick? Hmmm.
Gaul is an economics major. I love and fear those guys. FS Jordan Lomax also is an econ major. One of my best friends in college was an econ guy. He actually was the guy we took to a football game and when there was a fumble, he yelled 'Fun ball!”
- Maritzio from Dubuque, are you from the movie 'Shallow Hal”? Were you played by Jason Alexander? Hello!
Talking crooting. Asking about the three QB croots. He mentions Ryan Ward at TE. That's just a goal line thing, it's nothing more. Ward will remain an OL, and he might have a shot at one of the tackle spots next year. Iowa will need to two, you know. Maybe Ike Boettger at left and Ward at right? Cole Croston? Jobs will be open.
Dolph is running through every OL on the roster now. Boone Myers? Dolph: 'I keep wanting to call him Daniel Boone or Boone Walker.”
Dolph mentions the tackle croots for next year - Paulsen twins, Waechter (spelling, I'm sorry). Now, every OL on the roster being discussed.
Dolph is talking QBs. Said the coaches like Ryan Boyle, the possible dual threat. Jack Beneventi is next. Dolph said 'Jack Benvenooti.” Heck, I don't think I say that name right, either.
- The Dolph says the lines are jammed.
KF enters the Thunderdome to a nice applause.
- Bruce Nelson is the ANF featured player this year. Great guy, great family.
- Shoot, they're talking Bruce Nelson. Before The Gazette was seriously online, I wrote a giant piece on his family during a home visit. I need to rekindle those. We'll see.
- KF on Ryan Ward and OT beyond: Ward will compete for one of those jobs. Toyed with TE blocker and it worked. Remember Woody Orne? Ward will be in contention for OT. Boettger, Myers and Croston will be the others.
- On Gaul: It was a tough assignment. Handled it adroitly. Tough prep. IU had a big defensive front and nose guard was over his helmet every play. Finance major, KF says. OK, now he doesn't freak me out. KF says he could run for office at Dowling.
Teammates had him standup and led the fight song in the lockerroom.
- Ed from Alma, talky talky into the wired lines of communication.
Landover or College Park? If I goof it, I don't care. Dolph said he's been chewed out over this. He'll never call it Landover again.
Dolph is butthurt, I think.
- Guy from Sioux Falls, this is the trucker guy. He sounds pretty clear tonight. He's not on his CB. CBs are still a thing.
Something about Emmetsburg and Pochahontas playing each other in football this week.
Dolph mentioned Sam Brownlee also being from Emmetsburg. KF remembers Grant Steen.
He comments on the Royals and then he . . . cuts out.
We caught the tailend.
'Tommy's got to pay his minutes, he's fading out,” Dolph said.
Dolph with the zinggggggggggggggggg.
- Dolph revists Landover vs. College Park.
Maryland returns about nine starters on both sides of the ball. Great kick and punt returners.
- Defensively: They play a 3-4, but look more like Iowa with the strongside linebacker. KF calls Likely 'an excellent corner.” The defense will make you think. Front seven is physical.
- IU review: It was like the UNI game, kind of. Tough to feel good about defense with big plays. IU execution was crisp. Iowa isn't fast on D, so it needs to rely on team defense. Lots of respect for Tevin Coleman. 'Not sure we faced a back better than that in 16 years.”
- On offense: Good to see guys get involved in big plays. Lots of positives.
On the jet sweep play: Dolph said you roll it out. KF: It's got to fit in. Got a package it ties in, but not going to use it to the point of 'being ridiculous.”
I like that for a blog name, 'Point of Being Ridiculous.” I think that could work for a hockey power play.
- Dolph just touted Under Armour. Does he not know that Maryland is THE Under Armour school??
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