Iowa CITY, Iowa - Kirk Ferentz stated on Tuesday that the Iowa quarterback competition will be decided in August. The Hawkeyes head coach repeated what he has said pretty much every month since the 2012 campaign came to an unceremoniously ending last November.
Such is life during the offseason.
Ferentz and a few selected players met with the media here in the practice facility. Outside of a few minor news items delivered by the coach, they reiterated their desire to get back on the field to atone for last season's 4-8 disaster.
"Four and eight is very disappointing. It's unacceptable," Senior Brett Van Sloten said. "That's in the back of our mind but at the same time we're focused on moving forward. Yeah, it was a bad season but we're trying to build off of it.
"Our focus now is to keep our foot on the gas pedal and keep on going."
Ferentz announced that punter Jonny Mullings no longer was with the team but remained at Iowa to finish school. Reserve kicker Marshall Koehn was expected to serve as Connor Kornbrath's back-up at the position.
Graduate Assistant/Tight Ends Coach D.J. Hernandez has not missed any work time and is doing fine, Ferentz said. His brother, Aaron Hernandez, has been in the news a lot recently. Brian Ferentz, Iowa's offensive line coach and Kirk's son, coached Aaron Hernandez with the New England Patriots.
Each Big Ten school usually brings three student-athletes to Chicago next month for the league's kickoff luncheon with the media and fans. Ferentz said he will be bring seniors James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Brett Van Sloten with him this year.
Running back Michael Malloy walked on at Iowa last year after his scholarship was taken away by Ferentz following an off-field incident while he was at Sioux City Heelan. The coach said Tuesday that the redshirt freshman would be on scholarship beginning this fall.
Incoming receiver Damond Powell will arrive in Iowa City right about the time the Hawkeyes begin August camp, Ferentz said. The Michigan native is finishing up classwork at Snow Junior College in Utah, the coach said.
You can watch all of Ferentz's press conference from Tuesday HERE. He touches on recruiting and more.
You can check out Weisman in his gear and a few of the other Hawkeyes that showed up on Tuesday in this photo gallery.
Lastly, HERE is a Prime Cuts video montage of players sharing their thoughts at Tuesday's gathering.