INJURY (Illness) REPORT
Jared Clauss - Admitted to having played at less than 100 percent Saturday. He had to take plays off for the pain to go away. Gutted it out on Senior Day, and likely will do the same next week in Madision.
Grant Steen - Pretty much the same story as Clauss. Expect these guys to throw it out there next week if they possibly can knowing that they'll have a nice break before the bowl.
Derreck Robinson - D-Rob tried like heck to stay on the field, but just couldn't gut it out. It looked like he suffered an injury to his lower left leg. He sat out most of the second half and limped to the locker room after the game.
Ed Hinkel - Dressed but didn't see the field Saturday. Has been fighting an injured groin throughout most of the season. We'll know more on his status this week, but it might be best to let him get fully healthy for the bowl.
Sam Aiello - Left the game late with a leg injury for the second week in a row. Head Coach Kirk Ferentz said he got a positive report in the senior, but would know more this week.
Robert Gallery - Caught the virus that hit members of the football team this week and spent much of the pregame vomiting. Gutted it out, literally, in his final game at Kinnick and I would expect to see him strap it up in Madison.
Matt Neubauer - Was not able to get through the pregame meal because of the virus and was sent home by the coaches. We'll see how he rebounds this week.
Mike Follett - Please see "Neubauer".
NEWS, NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS
Opening Ceremonies - Kicker Nate Kaeding was hit with the emotions of the Senior Day festivities more than anyone else. The Iowa City native broke down in tears as he met his parents at midfield. He and RT Robert Gallery received the biggest ovations.
Honored Guests - Former Hawkeyes John Alt, Colin Cole and David Porter took in the game from the Iowa sideline.
Late Arrival - Minnesota Asad Abdul-Khaliq did not travel to Iowa City with his teammates on Saturday, instead heading home for a family matter. He arrived in town Saturday morning and got to the game around two hours before kickoff.
All Dressed Up - These Iowa true freshmen were in uniform Saturday: Chris Brevi, Jonathan Zanders, Khaliq Price, Alex Willcox, Kenny Iwebema, George Eshareturi, Bryan Mattison, herb Grigsby, Mike Jones, Drew Tate, Albert Young, Champ Davis, Eric McCollom, Scott Chandler, A.J. Johnson, Mike Klinkenborg and Tom Busch.
Rotation Change - David Walker played most of the first half at left guard instead of sharing the position with Mike Jones. Jones entered in the second half.
This and That - Iowa went with a four-man receiver rotation for the most part - Mo Brown, Calvin Davis, Ramon Ochoa and Matt Melloy. True Fr Scott Chandler did not play...Bob Sanders had 13 tackles with more than four minutes remaining in the third quarter...Iowa forced five turnovers, its most this season...Marcus Paschal was again a late-game replacement at CB.
Iowa QB Nathan Chandler on running over defenders instead of out of bounds:
It's hard for me to feel like going down with all the other guys out there busting it. When I have an opportunity to run over a guy that is five inches shorter than me, it's hard to run out of bounds. If I can make a big play running the ball and energize our team, I look for those opportunities.
RB Jermelle Lewis on the emotions of a junior on Senior Day:
I got a little emotional myself. Most of the growing up that I've done, as far as being at Iowa, was through a lot of the seniors now, like Gallery, and Mo Brown and Bob Sanders. To see them in their last game at Kinnick, that kind of got me a little teary eyed.
K Nate Kaeding on Iowa taking control in the third quarter:
We beat them on field position there in that third quarter. We got a couple of field goals, and then got that touchdown. You could see on the other sideline that they wished the seconds would tick off and they could catch theire plane back to Minnesota.
SS Bob Sanders on why he believed Iowa would turn its program around:
Knowing the coaches and knowing how dedicated and hard working they are to be the best. If you're around people that want to be the best and strive to be the best at whatever it is they do, you'll tend to bring guys along with you. I think we've done that.
DE Howard Hodges on what Kinnick Stadium has meant to him:
It means a lot. I came into this game and I really wasn't taking it too serious. But when you go out and they're doing the seniors one by one, I thought I was going to be straight, but my eyes did get watery. It's a big thing. You really don't know it until it's gone. They call your name and everybody is yelling and stuff...I like how we do that. One senior gets to go out at a time. It really means something. You get your respect individually. When you run out people can say, "We know you. We love you. Keep doing what you're doing." You can't buy that feeling. It was a great feeling.