It's game week again for the Iowa Hawkeyes as they resume action following a bye week. The Maryland Terrapins are next on the schedule and they will visit Iowa City for Saturday's game in Kinnick Stadium.
The bye week came at a good time for Kirk Ferentz's bunch as they are nursing several injuries. Two players are getting closer but will miss this weekend's game.
"Looks like Jordan Canzeri and Ike Boettger will miss this week," Ferentz said at his weekly press conference. "Cole (Croston) has pretty good position flexibility. We'll probably shift Cole back to the right side and have Sean go back into left guard and still rotate the guards internally. We'll hope Boone (Myers) gets to the game and through the game. That's our plan right now (for Boone to start)."
"It is (week to week for Jordan Canzeri)," the Iowa head coach added. "He has an ankle injury and that's not good for a back. They're unpredictable. He's making good progress. He looked better two days after the injury than we anticipated. That's good news. He's feeling better by the day but when he'll be ready, I'm not sure yet."
There is some positive news on the front though as a few Hawkeyes should be able to return to action this week.
"On the positive side, we should get back Tevaun Smith," Ferentz mentioned. "He played a little bit in the last ball game. He's practiced really well and is full speed again. LeShun Daniels has had a good week thus far but we still have more work to do. Boone Myers has been able to work, too. I think given no setbacks in the next couple of days, we'll have those guys back on Saturday."
Though Canzeri will not be available, the running back position is still a bit of an unknown with Daniels returning coupled with how well Akrum Wadley and Derrick Mitchell played against Northwestern a couple weeks ago. The rotation and manner in which they will all be used has yet to be settled.
"We haven't talked much about it," Ferentz admitted. "(LeShun) looks better certainly and that's been refreshing. Hopefully he'll look again tomorrow and walk away healthy. We'll play all the guys. Based on recent history, we'll need all the guys."
Though not 100 percent, both quarterback C.J. Beathard and tight end Jake Duzey have made strides as well. Beathard will certainly play and it was obvious from talking to him today that he is feeling much better.
"The bye week helped," Beathard pointed out. "I'm feeling pretty good. I'm getting there. I'm not 100 percent of it. I have a little bit (of my mobility) back. I've been in here at least twice a day doing everything you can think of to get my lack back working as well it can work. I'm continuing to get better each and every day. Compared to after the Northwestern game, I feel much better. I'm practicing."