Head Coach Kirk Ferentz gathered with a large collection of media members on Monday morning inside the new Hansen Football Performance Center. It was following their morning practice, which actually took place today inside Kinnick Stadium.
Some of the high points, as indicated in the above video:
*Offensive tackle is a position that continues to improve. Cole Croston, Boone Myers, and Ike Boettger all taking snaps. Croston and Boettger moving around to both spots, left and the right. It does sound like they just want to have three tackles ready, and that it is still Myers' and Boettger's job.
*Tyler Wiegers has made a lot of improvement, and according to Ferentz, a much better football player than he was at the end of Spring, and even two weeks ago. He showed very well in the scrimmage inside Kinnick Stadium over a week ago, so this does not come as a surprise.
*Ferentz also heaped more praise onto his running backs Jordan Canzeri and LeShun Daniels, Jr. Daniels is the listed starter but both have received a considerable amount of snaps with the ones, and were both full contact in the scrimmage from Friday night that was not open to the public. Derrick Mitchell continues to make a push up the depth chart, and may be the favorite to be the number three running back headed into opening game week.
*Freshmen that could play according to Ferentz are Michael Ojemudia, James Daniels, a couple of the wideouts (Jerminic Smith, for sure), and a couple linebackers. Defensive players have a shot because of their role on special teams.
*Defense not really full of stars, but possibly strong because of the sum of the parts according to Ferentz.
*Senior Cole Fisher has been making a big push, too. Offensive coordinator Greg Davis mentioned him as being the starting will linebacker.
*The wide receiver group has had some movement. The coaching staff has been insistent on that they only had three main guys they felt strongly about it, with that being Tevaun Smith, Jacob Hillyer, and Matt VandeBerg. Add another guy into that mix today, as Riley McCarron has really impressed them.
More videos will be added throughout the day from offensive coordinator Greg Davis and defensive coordinator Phil Parker.