NEW LOOK: "Why don't we throw to the running backs?"
How many times have we said/heard that during the Ken O'Keefe era? Well, Uncle Ken satisfied that appetite on Saturday during Iowa's 41-7 route of Montana at Kinnick Stadium.
Albert Young caught four passes (55 yards) and his back-ups, Damian Sims and Shonn Greene, each hauled in two (33 total yards). That might be more balls than Fred Russell received in his entire Iowa career.
Iowa utilized a formation with Young lining up in the slot and Greene at running back. The Hawks also put tight end Scott Chandler in the slot.
All Dressed Up: These were the players in uniform on Saturday (note – I may have missed a few. We're a lot higher up in the press box now, and it's tough to see numbers at times):
RB - Ch. Davis, Sims, Young, Brown, Williams, Greene, Busch, McLaughlin, Brownlee.
QB - Stanzi, Christensen, Nelson, Tate.
LB - Edds , Gattas, Angerer, Humpal, Klinkenborg, Isrig, Miles, Hunter, McGrath, Morse, Johnson, Petersen.
WR - Manson, Brodell, D-JK, Douglas, Bowman, Stross, Cal Davis, Christian, Chaney.
TE - Chandler, Moeaki, Majerus, Sabers, Blum, Myers, Cox.
OL - Eubanks, Jones, Richardson, Elgin, Yanda, Meade, Vandervelde, Ryther, Narinskiy, Olsen, Aumaitre, Calloway, Doering, Aeschliman, Dunn, Kuempel.
DL - Jackson, Collins, Mattison, King, Kroul, Kanellis, Clayborn, Ewen, McCracken, Klug, Geary.
DB - Merrick, Shada, Godfrey, Paschal, Wilson, Fletcher, Edwards, Gardner, Dalton, D. Smith, Spievey, Tillison, Tarpinian, Evans, Moylan, Kuchel.
ST - Donohue, Fenstermaker, Huntrods, Olsztra, Koeppel, Schlicher, Murray, Signor.
Isn't That Special: These were the coverage and receiving special teams as best as I could get them:
KR - Gabelmann, Gattas, Angerer, McLaughlin, Myers, Bain, Christian, Ch. Davis, Greene, Sims, Moylan
PR - Fletcher, Stross, Gabelmann, Brodell, Myers, Moylan, Merrick, Greene, Christian, Shada.
KO - Signor, Fletcher, Brodell, Gattas, Myers, Greene, Edds, Moylan, Humpal, D. Brown, Dalton.
P - Greene, Fenstermaker, Klinkenborg, Miles, Moeaki, Olsztra, , Busch, Greenwood, Moylan.
True Frosh Watch: True freshmen in uniform on Saturday:
Stanzi, Nelson, Edds, Hunter, Johnson, D-JK, Douglas, Bowman, Chaney, Vandervelde, Clayborn, Klug, Spievey, Tillison, Tarpinian, Donohue, Murray.
Warm-Up Watch: I listed these items from the pre-game in our in-game notes, but am reviewin them for those who missed it:
Edds was working with the long snappers.
Cox was catching passes with the tight ends.
Merrick was putting in some time with the receivers.
Tate didn't throw the ball Davis' way the rest of the afternoon. The quarterback did comment on how well Davis blocked in the post-game interview.
Alignment Analysis: Bowman entered the game in the first offensive series and lined up in the slot. That seemed to be where he found himself for most of his reps. Douglas set up wide.
Ron Aiken rotated his defensive linemen liberally to keep them fresh. Bain played inside and outside. Ewen saw quite a few reps as well. During one first-half series, Kanellis and Bain were the ends and Kroul and Ewen lined up inside.
Extra Points: Most people will talk about Douglas' ability to catch the football, but his blocking was equally impressive. He sprung Young on a pass play and a running play…Tate mentioned that Eubanks needs to raise the volume of his call as the tight ends were having difficulty hearing the freshman. Eubanks said it was definitely something he wanted to work on this week…Charles Godfrey was called twice for pass interference. Both were accurate from my vantage point…For all the talk of Jake Christensen being Tate's back-up, it was Jason Manson who entered the game as the second quarterback. He hadn't had any reps at receiver to that point…Montana Coach Bobby Hauck opened up his postgame press conference by saying that his Grizzlies "Got their asses kicked." …Montana gained 10 rushing yards, the second fewest in the Ferentz era behind a performance against Kent State…Klinkenborg led Iowa with 11 tackles…Greene delivered the play of the day by breaking a tackle and then leveling a Montana defensive back.