Carbon Copy: Kirk's Opening Statements

In his opening statement to the assembled Iowa media on Tuesday, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz talks about last week's loss at Michigan State as well as the difficult task at hand when Iowa hosts Michigan this week in Kinnick Stadium

It will be a big weekend for many reasons. It will be exciting to have coach Fry honored in such a great fashion. There will be a great crowd there to see his Hall of Fame announcement be recognized. That will be tremendous and add to a great weekend.

Our captains this week will be Nate Kaeding on Special teams, we will go with Bob Sanders and Howard Hodges on the defensive side and Robert Gallery on offense.

Injury wise right now, it looks doubtful that Ed Hinkel or David Walker will be able to participate. We will see how things go during the week, but I think that is how it is going to happen.

Just a few more words about Saturday. It was a disappointing loss, but the bottom line is that we didn't play well enough in any phase to win, that is just how it shook out. The big challenge for us right now is to move on to our next opponent, just like it is each week no matter whether you win or lose. We certainly have a great challenge this week playing a fine Michigan team. They look as good as any Michigan team we have seen since we have been back now five years. It is hard to find a weakness. They are very experienced, and typical of a Michigan team they are very talented and very athletic and very fast, so we will have our hands full out there.

They have a veteran offensive line, and Navarre is an excellent thrower. He is a senior playing like a senior so he poses a lot of problems. You have receivers like Edwards, Avant and Steve Breaston who is a newcomer, but not a newcomer to us. He is a guy that we tried to recruit and we were able to talk with him, but we never got him on campus. I really felt that he was the best high school player in Pennsylvania by far a couple of years ago and he is really starting to show that. He is one tremendous football player.

The other area that we thought might be a weakness for them is tight end. They lost a guy to the NFL, but the new guy has jumped in there and does a heck of a job.

On Defense, they are a typical Michigan team. They are very experienced, very athletic and very fast. They have good guys up front, their LB corps are excellent. Reed has been a nice addition for them, I believe he was hurt last year but he really can play football and the secondary is excellent as well. They moved Jackson back into the safety position, which just shows you how deep they are at corner.

They are a very good football team. Their special teams are solid; I think they have improved at the kicking position, as that was a problem for them a year ago. They have strengthened themselves as a football team and it is going to be a great, great challenge.

But the bottom line is that it will be a great weekend in Kinnick, we will have a great crowd there hopefully making great noise. It was fantastic the last time we were home and that should be the case this weekend. I know that it was noisy up in Oregon and maybe that had something to do with it (Michigan losing). Hopefully we will have that going for us and it is our job to make our fans get into the game, so that is what we are working on right now.

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