Iowa Football

The Walk Through, Iowa vs. UNI: No RB Ivory Kelly-Martin or WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette

And guard Cole Banwart is out; Dalton Ferguson is in

Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley touches the helmet of a statue of Nile Kinnick as he arrives with the team at an Iowa Hawkeyes football game with UNI at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.  (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley touches the helmet of a statue of Nile Kinnick as he arrives with the team at an Iowa Hawkeyes football game with UNI at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

It’s almost football time.

— Saw RB Ivory Kelly-Martin on a moped. He is for sure out tonight.

On Fridays before home games, the Hawkeyes stay at the Kirkwood Hotel in SW Cedar Rapids. Players who aren’t in the plans don’t make the trip and find their ways to Kinnick via moped or whatever. I think 80 or 85 make the trip.

So, when you see a Hawkeye on his own before the team bus arrives at Kinnick, that player is not in the game plan. Unless something really crazy happened.

So, Kelly-Martin is out this week.

— I’m not sure abot WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette. I think Kirk Ferentz said on the radio show he’s out. He should be out. He injured his shoulder on a 45-reception last week.

Look for Kyle Groeneweg to pick up ISM’s reps. He did last week.

— The Panthers completed just 16 of 42 in their opener against Montana. That’s a lot of disconnection in the passing game.

The Panthers lost WR Isiah Weston to a torn ACL last in camp. I think that got them a little bit last week.

Still, it’ll be interesting to see how the Panthers hold up against an Iowa defense that looks to be a lot better than Oklahoma’s.

— I’m glad the football program is honoring Marvin Sims Sr.

I was just getting into covering the Hawkeyes while he was retiring. I know that he meant a lot to players who counseled.

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Sims Sr. passed away in April 2010, after a battle with cancer. The Hawkeye football team wore a helmet decal in his honor throughout the 2010 season.

Sims Sr. was employed by the university of Iowa for 22 years, working exclusively with student-athletes for the final 16 years. He served as a sports counselor in the Sports Medicine department at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, assisting student-athletes in identifying and working through challenges during their collegiate experience.

Sims, Sr. served in the United States Air Force as an air traffic control operator from 1961-67. He later moved to Iowa City and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work (MSW) from Iowa.

— WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette is out tonight. The WRs are out there and he is not. KF said this on his radio show. I don’t listen to that anymore, so here you go.

Last week, senior Kyle Groeneweg got ISM’s snaps. Probably gets them again this week. He’s a senior who had to sit out last season after transferring from University of Sioux Falls. It’s weird how a transfer from USF can earn so much in after one season on the scout team.

Says a lot about both things you’re thinking about. Give Groeneweg some credit for earning it. Ding the Iowa WR corps for lack of depth.

Groeneweg has a feel as a punt returner. Let’s see if that grows this week.

— Wisconsin lost, so probably no ESPN College GameDay in Iowa City next week.

ESPN and Iowa did have contact. Iowa still might be calling, but with next week being a Fox broadcast and with the Badgers carrying around a fairly unimpressive L from BYU, I’m not sure ESPN is taking that call.

The UI did want that. I know there was contact. How much was Iowa “in it”? I can’t characterize it. The one scenario I heard was Iowa-Wisconsin was facing off with Alabama-Texas A&M. I liked Iowa in that head-to-head.

Now? No.

— OK, team drills and there’s a surprise.

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Sophomore right guard Cole Banwart is out with a leg injury. Senior Dalton Ferguson gets his second career start, this time at guard.

On defense, junior Kristian Welch is back in at weakside linebacker. Djimon Colbert filled in for him last week. Welch suffered an upper-body injury in week 1.

So, some jumbles in the lineup.

— First-team OL from left to right: Alaric Jackson, Ross Reynolds, Keegan Render, Dalton Ferguson, Tristan Wirfs.

Second OL: Mark Kallenberger, Levi Paulsen, Levi Duwa, Jake Newborg, Landan Paulsen.

— Second-team DL: AJE, Brady Reiff, Tyler Linderbaum, Chauncey Golston.

Linderbaum accidentally drove Duwa into the turf on one rep. Maybe Duwa slipped.

OK, we’re a half-hour from game time,

I’m sure you’re all in mourning for the Badgers.

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