The Rob Report: Iowa State Senior Writer Rob Howe offers his observations from the press box during Iowa's 17-10 victory against Iowa State on Saturday at Kinnick. Get an injury update, a list of true freshmen that suited up, quotes of the day and much more in this weekly notebook.


Albert Young - Sprained his right knee with 7:11 to play in the second quarter. The injury will be examined and evaluated again on Sunday. I would doubt he'll play next week at ASU.

Todd Plagman - High ankle sprain (right). These are usually lingering injuries that are tough to overcome. I stood next to Todd when he left the field, and he could barely put pressure on his ankle. This is the same injury that hampered Jared Clauss at the end of the regular season a year ago. Ben Gates did look very good as Plagman's replacement.

David Walker - Although he didn't see action, big Dave was dressed, which was a nice sign. If he has a good week of practice, we might see him in there against ASU.

Jason Manson - Did not dress, but looked to be doing much better, only showing a


TRUE FRESHMEN DRESSED: McCracken, Cox, Bentler, Kroul, Dalton, Shada, Fletcher, Olsen, Aumaitre, Brodell, Sabers, Myers, Dunn, Sims, and Narinskiy.



Majerus and Chandler both lined up at tight end and H-back on different occasions. Iowa used the formation a lot more on Saturday than it did against Kent State.

True freshmen Adam Shada and Charles Godfrey had their redshirts taken off on Saturday with both of them working on special teams. Shada took part in kickoff coverage and punt returns. Godfrey got in on punt coverage.

Champ Davis might be looking at another position change with the emergence of Chandler at TE. There were indications on Saturday that that might be taking place but was unable to confirm.

Kirk Ferentz and DL Coach Ron Aiken were screaming at officials on several occasions as it appeared their linemen, especially Matt Roth, were being held. The ISU players were hold on for a few seconds, then release the jersey before being called. Interesting tactic.

Brian Mattison was the first defensive line replacement when the Hawkeyes began to rotate the front in the third quarter. He replaced Babineaux at tackle. Mattison was followed by Iwebema and Willcox.

Warren Holloway replaced Young on kick returns.

Jovon Johnson and George Lewis carried Cy-Hawk from the field to the Iowa locker room for safe keeping for at least another year.



Drew Tate on his toughness:

That's what I'm expected to do. If I get hit, I get hit. I'm the quarterback. If I get hit. I get back up and get the next play. I'm a competitor. There's nothing better than to beat people. I love to beat people more than anything that I can think of.

Jermelle Lewis on Iowa's offense:

There were a lot of plays that we left out there. We could have had a lot of big plays. If we bring it to them, we've got to keep on doing it. We can't play in spurts. The defense was out there on the field way to long.

Ed Hinkel on his circus catch:

Marcus Schnoor has been getting on me saying that I've only made one play here - the one at Penn State ('02). When I came off of the sideline (Saturday), he said, "All right, now you've got two." I kind of got that off of my back now. I'm just going to go out and try to make some more.

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