Rose Bowl Preview Press Conference With Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz

Kirk Ferentz previews the Rose Bowl at his press conference in Iowa City.

Iowa plays in the annual Rose Bowl on January 1, 2016 and will meet Stanford in the iconic bowl game. The Hawkeyes' Kirk Ferentz met with a crowd of media on Tuesday to preview the matchup against the Cardinal as Ferentz participates in his first Rose Bowl as head coach. 

ON HEALTH OVERALL...

"We had a lot of guys come out of the last game a little bit hobbled and limited. So really fortunate, because we probably would have had some key guys missing that next Saturday."

ON HEALTH OF JORDAN CANZERI...

"I'm encouraged, yeah, based on what I've seen (in practice) I'm encouraged. You just never know. We're 10, 11 days out, so that's encouraging. Time is on our side. And hopefully he'll have the pop and explosion we need to be successful at that position. But we are encouraged now."

ON DEFENDING CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY...

"I have to go back to Barry Sanders, and I remember distinctly Larry Coker and another coach came up here in '88, '89, I can't remember which, and they came up and visited with the offensive staff. And my request was would you bring some film. I wanted to see Barry Sanders. First time I saw him on film and it was an amazing thing. I'm not saying they're identical. But you don't stumble into that. To win 11, 12, 13 games in a season is hard to do. What he's done, there's a reason nobody has done that, it's just phenomenal. A thousand yards alone in kickoff returns. Start there, think about that."

"So it's really an amazing thing. He's a tremendous football player, seems like a tremendous young man on top of that. So our preparation starts right there. You better find a way to contain him a little bit. And that's going to take a really great team effort. Not only defensively, but on special teams, as well, punting and kickoff."

ON DEFENDING KEVIN HOGAN...

"I think he's a really good football player. We just played a really good quarterback in our last game. And now we face another guy that's similar. I'm not going to say they're identical, but similar, veteran players that are really proven. Their resumes are very strong in terms of leading your football team, not only as a team but also to victory. It's going to be hard to rattle him. They do a great job running the football, as you know. Their third down conversions, everything just kind of goes together. They convert a lot of third down situations, and it's tough to get them off the field. And he's the center of it all, like a quarterback in any system, basically."

ON DREW OTT SEEKING MEDICAL REDSHIRT...

"Yeah, we're in the process of it and I expect it's going to go a while. I'll be the first to tell you I have no idea what the whole process, if I understand the whole process of the whole deal. But we're going to appeal it right to the end and hopefully we'll get that opportunity. If we don't, we don't. The good news for him, he's got a great future, he'll continue to play football and be great."

ON DESMOND KING'S UPCOMING DECISION ON WHETHER OR NOT TO GO PRO...

"It really hasn't been pressing. We gathered information. We told him we would do that. He's going through the advisory board like anybody should. That information will come back right before the holidays, if I remember correctly. Seems like they call about 5:00 on the 24th. If my recollection serves me well. We'll be on a plane this year."

"We'll get all the information. so he's got accurate information. And go from there. The big thing I want any player to do is make a well-informed decision, not one based on voodoo, those Magic 8 balls, or the guy down the street, or Uncle Tim, you know, or whatever it may be."


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