Rob Report: Northern Illinois

HN.com Senior Writer Rob Howe Checks in from The Press Box. This report includes a dressed list, an injury report and notes from Iowa's 16-3 victory against Northern Illinois Saturday in Chicago.

DRESSED: Here is a very shaky list of the Iowa players who made the trip to Soldier Field. I must admit that I forgot my binoculars and arrived late into the press box, so please feel free to add guys I've omitted (Digger). I only have 68. It was the first game of the year, and I dropped some balls:

QBs (4) - Christensen, Farsnworth, Stanzi, Nelson >RBs (8) - Young, Sims, O'Meara, Murphy, Busch, Pugh, Williams, McLaughlin (the participation sheet said Dana Brown played. I did not see him at the game or in the game).

WRs (6) - Brodell, Stross, Cleveland, Sandeman, Johnson-Koulianos, Nordmann.

TEs (4) - Moeaki, Myers, Reisner, Gerstandt,

O-Line (12) - Calloway, Meade, Eubanks, Vandervelde, Olsen, Blum, Doering, Koeppel, Kuempel, Bulaga, Aeschliman, Aumaitre

D-Line (9) - Iwebema, Kroul, King, Mattison, Binns, Clayborn, Hundertmark, Narinskiiy, Geary.

LBs (11) - Edds, Klinkenborg, Humpal, Hunter, Peterson, Gattas, McGrath, Moses, Angerer, Johnson, Nielson.

DBs (9) - Godfrey, Shada, Moylan, Dalton, Greenwood, Morrow, Everson, Gardner, Tillison

Specialists (5) - Donahue, Signor, Murray, Huntrods, Olsztra.

INJURY REPORT: Iowa appeared to have come through the opener with minimal damage on this front. It looked like the most serious in-game health concern was sustained by Harold Dalton.

The safety left the field early in the fourth quarter holding his right arm and was seen icing his right shoulder after the game. He was replaced by Brent Greenwood.

Mitch King suffered through some severe leg cramps in the second half and missed most if the third quarter. He returned in the fourth period after taking an IV and being replaced by Anton Narinskiiy.

PANTS ON FIRE: Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said during the week that he expected between 8-12 true freshmen to see action with eight being the "low end." The Hawkeyes utilized four, and only two saw significant minutes.

Colin Sandeman worked in as part of the regular wide receiver rotation as the fourth man. Jordan Bernstine played the gunner on special teams. Bryan Bulaga (LT) and Jevon Pugh (RB) received a couple of snaps at the end of the game.

A lot of true freshmen did make the trip to Chicago, however. They included Allen Reisner, Broderick Binns, Cody Hundertmark, Dezman Moses, Tyler Nielson, Diauntae Morrow and Cedric Everson.

EMERGING: After a camp-long competition for the left guard position, former walk-on from Iowa City West surfaced as the starter, besting Dan Doering and Andy Kuempel for the spot. Meade looked pretty good in his first-team debut, helping pave the way for a pair of 100-yard rushers in Albert Young and Damian Sims, who did most of their work inside.

Dalton and Devan Moylan won the starting safeties spots in another hotly contested race during camp. Moylan finished with seven tackles, while Dalton contributed three with a pair of pass breakups.

QUICK HITS:

-On the first nickel situation, Greenwood joined Moylan and Dalton in the secondary. Drew Gardner came into the game for that alignment later in the game. This is where I thought we might see Bernstine, Morrow or Everson.

-Iowa converted just two of 14 third down opportunities in the game.

-The Hawkeyes held NIU to 21 yards on 21 carries, the lowest rushing total by an opponent since giving up 10 to Montana in last year's opener. Iowa yielded 133.6 yards per game on the ground in 2006.

-First-year starter Jake Christensen checked into a running play before Young's seven-yard touchdown scamper in the second quarter.

-Iowa was whistled for 10 penalties for 173 yards.

-Mike Klinkenborg paced the Hawkeyes with nine tackles, while teammate Adam Shada added eight. Moylan, Charles Godfrey (two interceptions, one pass breakup) and A.J. Edds each contributed seven.


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