Kirk Ferentz took on the Big Ten media Monday. Here's what we learned:
- As we say every July, the Cy-Hawk series will remain. "I don't think that would be well-received at home on either side of the fence," Ferentz said. As Morehouse later reported, Iowa tried to get out of the 2019 game for some reason but Iowa State wouldn't allow it. Like the Germans and the Austro-Hungarians a century ago, that particular corpse will be shackled to Iowa's schedule for the foreseeable future. See you again next year, Cy-Hawk question!
- No movement at quarterback, largely because there hasn't been any formal practice since last time. I get the sense that (1) the coach, coordinator and QB coach are on the same page, and (2) they might well default to Wiegers as the upperclassman, as insane as that sounded last October.
- Both Akrum Wadley and James Butler could be used as receiver options. Obviously, Iowa's protection schemes are still built around the halfback as blocker of last resort, but Wadley is special enough to break that tendency.
- Drake Kulick, the fullback who broke his leg against Nebraska and yelled "I didn't break my leg for no s**t!" at his teammates while being carted off the field, is good to go for camp.
- Josey Jewell was among those receiving "preseason honors" from the Big Ten, whatever that means.
- Trey Creamer, who was classified as an "athlete" in the original roster on the program's website, is going to play defensive back. That's not a surprise, especially given the dearth of usable safeties on the roster at the moment.
- There's a kicking competition! Again, this is fairly standard; Iowa doesn't much care about the confidence of any player in any particular position except quarterback, so everything is technically open in August camp.
So, it was a slow news day, which is to be expected given the volume of news released in last week's presser. The biggest news -- aside from the soon-to-be-played "Kirk Ferentz reads mean tweets" segment produced by BTN -- was that Kirk's toughest questions came from the media pool's newest reporter.
I hope that she asked Kirk why every audible is the outside zone to the perimeter and he responded by uncapping and capping a bottle of water six times.