Kids Day News and Notes

With two weeks to go until the 2008 opener against Maine, the Iowa Hawkeyes opened up their practice to the fans and media on Saturday for the annual Kids Day at Kinnick. HN.com was there for all of the action and reports on injuries, the depth chart, the big plays, the true freshmen looking like they'll see action this year. Read all about it in this news and notes package.

Guys not in uniform on Saturday: Brodell, Stross, Ballard, Moeaki, Hundertmark, Gardner, Morrow, Tarpinian, Castillo, Blackwell, Brinson.

Kirk Ferentz also indicated that Bulaga was hurt. He was in uniform and tried to go on Saturday, but was not recovered enough from a bruise suffered earlier in the week.

Bernstine also hurt himself during workouts and Ferentz made a crack about seeing Jordan on a milk carton. The coach did not seem pleased with injuries to Bernstine and Stross.

Ferentz did say that the most significant injury was Moeaki, who had surgery on a foot fracture and is expected back in "two to three weeks." He did not sound optimistic that the tight end would be ready for the opener against Maine on August 30.

Ferentz said he expected a lot of the guys that sat out on Saturday to return to workouts on Monday.

You're No. 1: Even though many starting positions are up for grabs, according to Ferentz. Here is a look at the first-team offense and defense as they lined up on Saturday –

Offense – Calloway, Olsen, Bruggeman, Eubanks, Kuempel, Myers, Christensen, Morse, Greene, DJK and Chaney.

Defense – Binns, King, Kroul, Clayborn, Hunter, Coleman, Edds, Fletcher, Bernstine, Dalton, Greenwood.

When Bernstine went out with an apparent leg injury about midway through practice, Spievey worked in at corner. Shaun Prater took quite a few reps at corner and was the nickel back even when Bernstine was healthy.

It should be noted that Angerer received just about the same reps as Coleman. In speaking to them after the practice, both guys indicated that they're probably looking at a rotation at that spot at least at the start of the season. They have been assigned different packages.

Calloway, Olsen and Bruggeman definitely got the most reps with the first-team line. I would say those spots are pretty locked. On the other side, Eubanks and Kuempel started, but Vandervelde and Haganmann also saw a lot of reps with the ones. That looked to be the top seven there. On the next tier were Doering, Meade, Koeppel and Aeschliman.

Sash and Tillison were the second-team safeties. Williams Lowe got a lot of work at second-team corner.

Paki O'Meara clearly was the second-team running back. It appeared that Guillory and Hampton were wrestling for the No. 3 spot with Robinson and Murphy also getting some touches.

Along the defensive line, Klug, Narinskiy and Geary looked to have spots on the second team. Daniel received some reps with the twos.

Kick Start: It looked like the kickers would give Ferentz something to smile about early on. Murray and Mossbrucker each hit his first six attempts. They then each missed their next four. Many of those came in game situations.

Mossbrucker missed six of his last seven attempts, while Murray hit his last three.

Quick-hitters:

-Lowe picked off a long pass attempt to Demarco Paine, who got work with the No. 2 receivers.

-Guillory had the scoring play of the day, going high up and over the top on a goal line play.

-Reisner really looks smooth in the passing game. He got open on a goal line play and caught a touchdown on it.

-During the blitz drills, Christensen hit Myers for a 58-yard score over the middle. Shortly after that, Hunter picked off a Christensen pass.

-Donahue really looked good punting the ball. He worked on dropping it inside the 20 on short punts and did it just about every time with great hang time.

Chaney was the first-team punt returner and Paine stepped into the No. 2 spot when Bernstine went out. They did not work on kickoffs or kickoff returns.

-Cato impressed in his work as a third-team safety. He looked the part and brought physicality.

-Troy Johnson worked a lot with the second-team defense and really looked like he belonged.

-Tyler Blum was working as a third-team defensive end.

-James Ferentz played center with the third-team line.

-Griggs certainly casts an impressive physical shadow at tight end.

-Some of the receivers getting reps were Evans, Kuchel, Nordmann, Shane Prater, and Staggs.

-Greene definitely was the most interviewed player on Saturday. He was not available at media day.


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