IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa allowed the media access for about a half hour at the beginning of its afternoon training camp practice Wednesday afternoon. While what we saw was limited and included stretching, we got a look around and found out some things. There no interviews conducted with athletes or coaches.
- Several players were not taking part in practice. We knew Darian Cooper, Jake Duzey and Levi Paulsen were recovering from injuries and that Jordan Walsh was "nicked up" in Saturday’s workout as the university said. They were sidelined.
Also out were starting free safety Jordan Lomax, No. 3 cornerback Maurice Fleming, and freshmen defensive linemen Michael Slater and Brady Reiff. As we mentioned, there were no interviews today so we’ll have to wait until Kids Day on Saturday to get an update on their statuses.
- The coaches showed very little tolerance for errors from what we saw. Players received a chewing out from head man Kirk Ferentz right down through his son, Brian Ferentz, and Seth Wallace, who assists Phil Parker with defensive backs. It volume was loud at times.
- Positive updates came courtesy of LeShun Daniels, who was running with the first team after missing Saturday’s media day following a practice injury. Brandon Snyder, who underwent off-season foot surgery, looked to be moving well from his safety position.
- One of the few drills we saw was the top two quarterbacks, C.J. Beathard and Tyler Wiegers, airing it out after play action. They connected on all four bombs, which you can see on the video below.
Those throws came off faked end arounds and hand-offs to the running backs. For Beathard, he pulled back the ball from Jonathan Parker running a jet sweep.
It could be an interesting wrinkle with teams aware of the sophomore speedster from last season. There’s potential to keep the defense off-balance from that alignment.
- We also watched the special teams work on covering kicks. Blockers were attempting to keep gunners off of tackling dummies in one-on-one competition. Kirk Ferentz was right in there coaching the guys.
- The true freshmen offensive linemen do not look like first-year players, size wise. James Daniels and Landan Paulsen, in particular, stood out from a physical standpoint. First-year running back Eric Graham also passed the eye test.
- We did not see the two true freshmen quarterbacks, Drew Cook and Ryle Boyle, take a rep.
- With Walsh out, the No. 1 offensive line went (from L-R) Boone Myers, Eric Simmons, Austin Blythe, Sean Welsh and Ike Boettger.
Dalton Ferguson, a second-year walk-on from Solon (Iowa) High, interestingly, held down the second-team left tackle spot with Cole Croston on the opposite side. Steve Ferentz checked in as the center on that unit with Daniels at left guard and Keegan Render at right guard.
If you’re counting at home, that’s three second-year guys on the second-team.
- Jake Newborg, a true freshman from Inwood West Lyon, was working at defensive tackle on what amounted to a scout team. He was brought in as an offensive lineman with the thought that he could also help on the other side of the ball.
Could be something but probably nothing.
- In two tight end sets, cousins Henry Krieger Coble and George Kittle were in there with the first team.