IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa's regular season ended with a thud. The Hawkeyes dropped home games and rivalry trophies to Wisconsin and Nebraska, missing out on their goal of winning the Big Ten West Division.
Iowa has returned practice this month in preparations for its Jan. 2 bowl match-up with Tennessee in Jacksonville. According to senior safety Johnny Lowdermilk, the Hawkeyes have responded to their November disappointment.
"We've been practicing very well," he said. "It's been very up-tempo, physical practices. I think that's what Coach (Kirk) Ferentz really wants out of us. We just have to try to make the next step. It's easy to go back when you don't accomplish the things you want to accomplish but I think we've really been moving forward.
The postseason provides the Hawkeyes with an opportunity to wash away the bad taste from a five-loss fall.
"What we really want to do is just get back out there on the field against a good, quality opponent like Tennessee," he said. "We really just want to go out there and prove that we're a lot better than some of the games we played previously. I think we'll go out there with a sense of hunger and get things accomplished.
Senior left tackle Brandon Scherff also met with the media here on Monday. He talked about winning the Outland Trophy earlier this month and what his final game as a Hawkeye means to him.
Kevonte Martin-Manley spoke with reporters about needing three receptions in the bowl game to become Iowa's all-time leader in catches. The senior talked about how former Hawkeye receiver Darrell Johnson-Koulianos, whose mark he would eclipse, taught him how to do the right things on the field and what to avoid off of it.
Please watch these video interviews with three of Iowa's engaging seniors.