Orange Bowl: Day 1 - Kirk Ferentz Quotes

After putting his team though its first paces in South Florida on Monday, Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz answered a few questions.

On today's practice - It felt good and it was good to be somewhere the air is moving. It's been pretty still inside the indoor facility [at Iowa]. It's really good. The weather is great. We need to be outdoors. Fortunately it wasn't too hot today, although the players may beg to differ.

It was okay. It wasn't outstanding, but it was okay. This is kind of a work block for us right now. Part of right now is us just getting acclimated to being outdoors again, dealing with the breeze a little bit. Things like that. It's a good start.

On coming to South Florida to begin practice a couple days early - I think if you look around the country, southern teams don't travel quite as early for obvious reasons. They can get outdoors where they're at, but in our case, we haven't been outside now since November. I think it's important we just get used to getting outside again.

Also having this room helps too you know, having a little extra room.

On balancing game preparation and player's enjoying Miami -I think that's part of the trick in a bowl game. You definitely want the players to enjoy the trip, the events, and the locale.

This is a little bit unique because I think their money is going to run out fast. We had that experience back in 2003 too. A little bit pricier than the Midwest here so that's a challenge certainly.

We want the guys to have a chance to get out and see Miami a little bit and enjoy it. And then we certainly look forward to the festivities that the bowl sponsors provide.

On whether playing in the FedEx Orange helps with recruiting in South Florida - We actually had more Floridians on our roster last time we were here (2003). We've had a handful of captains from here in Brad Banks (QB, Belle Glade, FL - Glades Central HS), Abdul Hodge (LB, Fort Lauderdale, FL - Boyd Anderson HS) and Colin Cole (DE, Fort Lauderdale, FL - South Plantation HS) just to name a couple and we've had great success that way.

We still have guys from Florida on our roster. More importantly to be in a bowl of this magnitude, it's exciting. It's a real honor and we're excited about that.

On the practice facility at Barry University - That's one of the things you never know what you're going to get when you travel to a bowl site and this is just fantastic so we feel great about that.

The practice fields are tremendous, we've got plenty of space and then the facility here is fine and the people have been tremendous. That's one of the nice things. It's a good game, but also it's a good set-up for the football team.


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