By Pat Harty
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – There wasn’t much to like about Iowa’s performance on offense during Saturday’s 10-3 loss at Michigan, but true freshman running back Tyler Goodson had some moments when he shined, especially as a receiver.
The Suwanee, Ga., native led Iowa with a career-high 62 receiving yards on five catches.
“He’s earned our trust back in August and every time you see him play,” said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. “He got good ability, but I’m more impressed with just the way he plays out there and the way he acts like he belongs.
“So he took another step today, certainly. He made some big plays out there and competes. He does a really good job, so that just makes us better I think in that backfield.”
Goodson is playing a significant role in a backfield that already had three established juniors at his position when he joined the team.
He has appeared in all five games this season and has rushed for 217 yards.
Growing pains: Iowa freshman center Tyler Linderbaum experienced losing for the first time as a starter on Saturday, but he made no excuses.
“We need to play better as a whole,” Linderbaum said. “Eight sacks first off is unacceptable and we’ve got to learn from it.”
Linderbaum said the challenge is to make the necessary corrections with Penn State coming to Kinnick Stadium next Saturday.
“We’re going to have the 24-hour rule here, learn from the tape, learn what we did wrong and what we can improve on and just get ready for next week because we know we’re going to see the same challenge,” Linderbaum said.
Linderbaum was recruited to play on the defensive line, but then switched to center last December during preparation for the Outback Bowl.
The Solon native then won the starting job at center during spring practice and has held on to it ever since.
The Iowa offensive line had performed well in the first four games, but failed on Saturday to handle Michigan’s blitzing.
“We knew that they had different looks, different pressures,” Linderbaum said of Michigan. “They’re a great pass-rush team and we knew that coming in. We knew it was going to be a tough day for passing, and we just had to execute, but didn’t.”
Injury report: Junior guard Cole Banwart limped off the field in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury and didn’t return.
Banwart made his first start against Middle Tennessee last Saturday after having been hampered by injuries.
Sophomore guard Kyler Schott also missed the Michigan game due to an injury.
Stone shines: Junior defensive back Geno Stone intercepted his first pass of the season on Saturday and now has six for his career.
Stone tied for the team lead with four interceptions last season.
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