News and notes from Wednesday night's Kirk Ferentz radio show:
-Tanner Miller and B.J. Lowery - Ferentz said they both have done a nice job the last four, four and a half weeks. Miller was in Iowa City for most of the summer and did a good job picking things up. Lowery playing was decided later on with Shaun Prater being out.
-New starters on the offensive line (Zusevics, Ferentz, MacMillan) - there were a lot of things to improve and correct like most positions, but they did a lot of good things to build off. Got off to good positive start.
-Joe Forgy - Young defensive end is doing good job. He's been high-energy guy who did good job on scout team last year. Probably not going to play this year with Clayborn, Binns, Ballard and Daniel on the edge, but coach thinks he can compete for playing time in the spring.
-A caller suggested that James Ferentz reminded him of Kirk's older son, Brian, who also played center at Iowa. "He's smarter than Brian," father joked.
-On RB Situation: Technically, (Jewel Hampton) is second team only because we can only have one guy on field at time. Look at them both as starters. Comfortable with both on third downs; attributes similar; will series instead of by downs.
-Coach Ferentz said Jeff Tarpinian continues to make progress and could have played Saturday if he had the proper comfort level with hand. Tarpinian has made progress this week and will contribute this weekend. Coach also expected Adam Gettis, Shaun Prater and Josh Koeppel will be available for Iowa State.
A caller from Nebraska asked Coach Ferentz about the possibility of playing the Huskers on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Coach said he wasn't wild about playing on Friday but would be open to the idea. The teams play on the Saturday following the holiday next year in Lincoln.