116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Some quick objective observations (the two 'Obs').
How good is the defense and how bad is the offense? That's the question, and, really, there is no answer right now.
On OL: The one thing I think we can safely say is defensive end Drew Ott has offensive tackle Boone Myers' number. It's straight bull rush from Ott into Myers. Ott might be incredibly strong (I don't know his weightroom numbers), but strength has been the consistent card he has played in this matchup. Is that something Ferentz and Ferentz can remedy?
Right tackle Ike Boettger allowed a couple of sacks to Nate Meier. When I suggested to Meier in the postgame that the battle was somewhat even, he shot me a look like I was a moron. Fair enough.
Inside, I'm convinced true freshman James Daniels will play at some point this season. Guard or center? I don't know. He didn't play center at all Saturday, so I'm inclined to say guard. With senior Jordan Walsh nursing a soft tissue injury (Kirk Ferentz said it's not serious), there might be an opening. Daniels did play some first team Saturday. Senior Eric Simmons and sophomore Sean Welsh remain the starters.
Iowa's defensive ends were the stars of the first-team show Saturday. I had them for eight sacks and one forced fumble.
The inside defense was solid. Jaleel Johnson is tough to move. He played through the wilting hot weather at Kinnick. Sophomore Nathan Bazata was tougher to read for me (I took stats and wrote a lot of notes).
Let's not try to dissect the running game. It was virtually nonexistent Saturday. LeShun Daniels and Jordan Canzeri (we're all interested in how this might work) combined for five carries. I did like Derrick Mitchell and Akrum Wadley. Iowa has something in those two, but it can't and won't try to juggle four RBs. That just doesn't work.
Iowa's linebackers have improved. I was impressed with Bo Bower and Ben Niemann. Iowa's starting LBs will also see an immensely increased role on special teams.
Corner Desmond King was super sharp Saturday. Great reads, great breaks on the ball. Same for Greg Mabin. Freshman Brandon Snyder replaced senior Jordan Lomax at free safety. Lomax is out with a bone bruise (Ferentz said not serious).
Iowa's reserve defensive backs picked off three passes (Isaiah Kramme, Sean Draper and Michael Ojemudia), with two returned for TDs.
Separation will be an issue for Iowa WRs. The first-team O didn't try much of anything deep or on the outside. TE George Kittle ran around a lot. Senior WR Tevaun Smith worked. Ferentz said the door is open for a few true freshmen to maybe factor at WR.
When QB C.J. Beathard found some rhythm, he moved the ball during a few stretches Saturday. One thing, Iowa didn't do a lot with personnel groups, mostly playing 11, 12 and 22. The tight end was flexed (sometimes with two on the field, one TE was flexed) more than I've seen, including Henry Krieger Coble.
We didn't see a single punt Saturday. Kicker Marshall Koehn missed one field goal, so did the other kicker Mick Ellis.
Ferentz said this week — the second week of camp — will be moving week. He said the staff will tackle some of the bigger questions before a scrimmage Friday night at Kinnick. It will be a closed scrimmage, but someone out there certainly can loan me a drone.
C.J. Beathard — 11 of 22 for 115 yards
Tyler Wiegers — 13 of 22 for 184 yards, interception (Draper), TD (52 yards to fullback Drake Kulick)
Ryan Boyle — 2 of 3 for 14 yards
Drew Cook — 1 of 3 for 7 yards, two interceptions (Kramme, Ojemudia)
Beathard — 4 for 4 yards
LeShun Daniels — 3 for 0
Jordan Canzeri — 2 for minus-1
Derrick Mitchell (the only other back to run with the first team) — 13 for 51 (9 for 23 with 1st team)
Akrum Wadley — 13 for 34, TD (8 yards in goal-line drills)
Wiegers — 1 for 9
Marcel Joly — 4 for 12
Eric Graham — 4 for 10
Jacob Hillyer — 1 for 3
Tevaun Smith — 2 for 17
George Kittle — 3 for 69
Matt VandeBerg — 2 for 33
Derrick Mitchell — 3 for 17
Jay Scheel — 2 for 15
Riley McCarron — 2 for 23
Jameer Outsey — 1 for 14
Drake Kulick — 2 for 54 (TD)
Jerminic Smith — 4 for 25
Peter Pekar — 1 for 19
Nate Wieting — 2 for 11
Nate Vejvoda — 1 for 10
Drew Ott —6
Nate Meier — 2
Greg Mabin — 1
Garret Jansen — 1
Team — 4
Michael Ojemudia — 1
Isaiah Kramme — 1
Sean Draper — 1
Desmond King — 2
Drew Ott — 1
Jaleel Johnson — 1
(All these stats are sketchy, but the first three FGs, I was still walking back from taping OL vs. DL.)
Marshall Koehn — 21 good, 27 good, 50 right hash good, 40 left hash good, 27 left hash good, 30 right hash good
Mick Ellis — 21 good, 47 left hash wide left, 21 middle good, 22 right hash good, 40 right hash good, 30 right hash wide right, 30 right hash good
LT – Boone Myers; LG – Sean Welsh; C – Austin Blythe; RG – Eric Simmons; RT – Ike Boettger; TE – Henry Krieger Coble; WR – Tevaun Smith; WR – Matt VandeBerg; WR – Jacob Hillyer; QB – C.J. Beathard; RB – LeShun Daniels
OTHERS: WR – Andrew Stone; WR – Andre Harris; FB – Macon Plewa, Adam Cox; RB – Jordan Canzeri, Akrum Wadley, Derrick Mitchell Jr.; TE – George Kittle, Jon Wisnieski; G – James Daniels
OUT: G Jordan Walsh
LT – Cole Croston; LG – James Daniels; C – Steve Ferentz; RG – Ryan Ward; RT – Keegan Render; TE – Jon Wisnieski; TE – Peter Pekar; WR – Andre Harris; WR – Riley McCarron; QB – Tyler Wiegers; RB – Akrum Wadley/Derrick Mitchell.
OTHERS: WR – Jay Scheel, Jonathan Parker, Jerminic Smith, Andrew Stone; RB –Marcel Joly; FB – Drake Kulick; G – Mitch Keppy; TE – Jameer Outsey
LT – Brett Waechter; LG Dalton Ferguson; C – Lucas LeGrand; RG Ross Reynolds; RT – Landan Paulsen; TE – Jameer Outsey; WR – Adrian Falconer; WR – Emmanuel Ogwo; WR – Joshua Jackson; RB – Marcel Joly/Eric Graham; QB – Ryan Boyle/Drew Cook
OTHERS: WR – Ronald Nash; TE – Nate Wieting; G – Jake Newborg
DE – Nate Meier; DE – Drew Ott; DT – Jaleel Johnson; DT – Nathan Bazata; OLB – Ben Niemann; MLB – Josey Jewell; WLB – Bo Bower; CB – Greg Mabin; CB – Desmond King; SS – Miles Taylor; FS – Brandon Snyder
NICKEL: CB Maurice Fleming, DT Faith Ekakitie for LB Bo Bower, DT Nathan Bazata
OUT: FS Jordan Lomax
DE – Matt Nelson; DE – Parker Hesse; DT – Faith Ekakitie; DT – Kyle Terlouw; OLB – Cole Fisher; MLB – Travis Perry; WLB – Aaron Mends; CB – Maurice Fleming; CB – Sean Draper; SS –– Anthony Gair; FS – Jake Gervase
OTHERS: DT – Jake Hulett; DT – Sam Brincks; DE – Bud Spears; DB – Michael Ojemudia; LB – Bo Bower (nickel grouping)
DE – Terrence Harris; DE – Anthony Nelson; DT – Garret Jansen; DT Jacob Giese; LB – Brady Ross; LB – Jack Hockaday; LB – Angelo Garbutt; CB – Kevin Ward; CB – Michael Ojemudia; S -- Isaiah Kramme; S – Eric Grimm
OTHERS: LB – Nick Wilson; LB – Justin Jinning
WB – George Kittle, Henry Krieger-Coble; Snapper – Tyler Kluver; Line – Drew Ott, James Daniels, Mitch Keppy, Keegan Render, Eric Simmons, Matt Nelson; Holder – Dillon Kidd; Kicker – Marshall Koehn
OTHERS: K -- Mick Ellis, Tyler Wiegers (back-up holder)
– Front wall: Brandon Snyder, Cole Fisher, George Kittle, Travis Perry, Jacob Hillyer; Middle: Miles Taylor, Adam Cox, Henry Krieger-Coble, Macon Plewa
– Tevaun Smith, Jonathan Parker, Riley McCarron, Matt VandeBerg, Akrum Wadley, Jordan Canzeri
PUNTER (from spring)
– Dillon Kidd, Marshall Koehn
PUNT RETURN (from spring)
– Desmond King, Riley McCarron, Matt VandeBerg
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