Press Conference Preview

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz will hold his first ‘game week' press conference of the year today, followed by player interviews, and HN.com will have complete coverage during the afternoon, evening and into Wednesday. What might come out of today's press conference? Publisher Jon Miller shares his thoughts.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz will hold his first ‘game week' press conference of the year at 12:30pm today. That event will be followed by player interviews. HawkeyeNation.com will have transcripts, audio and video files on the website during the evening and into Wednesday.

Since Coach Ferentz spoke with the media on Friday, which was an unscheduled press conference that centered on the Dominique Douglas and Anthony Bowman situation, what might come up during Tuesday's press conference?

Depth Chart Updates: Coach Ferentz said last week that there were still battles taking place at safety, place kicker and along the offensive line. Will Ferentz be forthcoming with changes at today's presser? Should he be?

My quick answer would be no and no. Hey, don't get me wrong; we all want to know what the team will look like on Saturday, and there are some crucial battles taking place this year.

But one thing that coaches value and guard over anything else is maintaining a competitive advantage over their opponent. And the first game of the year is when you have the most secrets. I don't expect for Coach Ferentz to drop too many dimes today.

If I had to read some tea leaves, I wouldn't expect the offensive line on Saturday to look the way it does on this week's press notes.

That lineup read as follows:

LT: Kyle Calloway
LG: Andy Kuempal
C: Rafael Eubanks
RG: Julian Vandervelde
RT: Seth Olsen

Coach Ferentz said last week that Rafael Eubanks was nicked up. Will that injury linger into this week, and if so, will we learn about that today? Who knows on the former, and my guess is no on the latter question.

I guess what I am saying is that I won't be surprised if we are slightly surprised on Saturday with the offensive line. And at this point, with only two players in that group that have ever started (Olsen and Eubanks), two that have taken very few game snaps (Calloway and Kuempal) and one that has never taken a snap in a game (Vandervelde), how much surprise could their be?

My best guess is that Austin Signor will win the place kicking job over Daniel Murray. Signor is going to kick off, that we can be certain of.

I know that there are legions of fans that are anxiously awaiting Derrell Johnson-Koulianos' ‘debut' on the kickoff return team. After seeing one of his high school highlight videos years ago, and watching it again recently, the wait may be well worth it.

PLAYER INTERVIEWS: This will be the first time that the players have spoken to the media since the open practice on August 18th. That was the day before Douglas and Bowman were arrested. There will likely be a few questions thrown their way on that front.

Again, HawkeyeNation.com will have total coverage on a variety of platforms over the course of today, tonight and tomorrow.

If you want the latest from the press conference, stay plugged into the HN Clubhouse, our members only forum. Also, Rob Howe will be on The Jon Miller Show on 1460 KXNO at 2:30pm today. You can access the program online, each day between the hours of 2-4, at www.kxno.com. Howe will be on the show each Tuesday at 2:30 with a press conference break down.

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