The win over Iowa State came at a price for the Hawkeyes. During the contest, Iowa lost the services of running back LeShun Daniels and defensive end Drew Ott, two major contributors for the squad this season.
LeShun Daniels left the matchup against the Cyclones with an injury to his ankle and did not return. Drew Ott left the game in the first half and headed for the locker room. He returned with his arm in a sling and also did not return. It was revealed later on that Ott's injury was to his elbow.
On Saturday, Daniels and Ott both played but in limited fashion. Daniels only received nine carries and Ott was only used on obvious passing downs to help provide pressure on the quarterback. Neither were able to have much of an impact on the game.
"LeShun (Daniels) just couldn't drive off to be effective," Ferentz said. (Drew Ott) couldn't use that elbow effectively. It didn't look like Drew Ott out there."
The only significant change on the two-deep for the North Texas game that was released earlier in the week is that Jordan Canzeri is listed as the starter at running back with Daniels as the backup. Drew Ott is still shown as the starter ahead of Parker Hesse at defensive end. Ferentz explained the reasoning behind that distinction.
"It just means Drew is healthier," he announced. "Couldn't say enough about Jordan (Canzeri). Going back two weeks ago, all a sudden he had to carry the load and did a great job of it, and the same thing the other night."
The future prospects of Daniels and Ott being available for Saturday's tilt against North Texas remains up in the air.
"The good thing is that time is on our side," Ferentz addressed. "Every day we're moved away from Saturday is a good thing. Both (LeShun Daniels and Drew Ott) are practicing right now on a limited basis. They're not 100 percent. Hopefully by Saturday they will be close to it, if not there. The big idea is not to go backwards and to keep pushing forward."
"We'll see what it looks like (in response to sitting Drew Ott out)," the Iowa head coach added. "If he can play effectively, we're going to let him play. That's what he wants to do, certainly, and that's what he wanted to do on Saturday."
All in all, cautious optimism surrounds Daniels and Ott, and the same can be said for tight end Jake Duzey. He has yet to play this year after suffering an injury back in the Spring.
"He is (getting closer)," Ferentz admitted. "Last week was the first time he got to do teamwoork throughout the week. We knew he wasn't going to play in the game. We just wanted to get him back in the routine of going through pre-game and being in the hotel. It's great to have back out there in the swing of things. I doubt he'll go this week."