Rob Report: Eastern Illinois

HI.com publisher Rob Howe checks in from Kinnick Stadium with news and notes from Iowa's 37-7 win against Eastern Illinois on Saturday. In this piece, we have a dressed list, guys on the special teams units, an updated injury report and more.

IOWA CITY. Ia. - Iowa players in uniform for Eastern Illinois game:

QB - Stanzi, Vandenberg, Wienke, A. Derby,

RB - O'Meara, Robinson, M. Binns, White, Rogers, Morse, Reisen, D.Johnson,

WR - Johnson-Koulianos, Sandeman, McNutt, Davis, Martin-Manley, Audlehelm, Shumpert, Haluska, Chaney, Cotton, Evans, Kuchel, Nordmann,

TE - Reisner, Herman, Fiedorwicz, Gimm, Vier, Z. Derby, Getz, Furlong

OL - Van Sloten, Scherff, Ferentz, Reiff, Donnal, MacMillan, Zusevics, Vandervelde, Clark, Koeppel, McMillan, Tobin, Boffeli, Orne

DL - Clayborn, Forgy, Daniel, C. Davis, Kreiter, Trinca-Pasat, Nardo, Klug, Bigach, Ballard, Covert, Daniels, Hardy, Alvis,

LB - Hunter, B. Davis, T. Nielsen, Tarpinian, Myers, Peterson, Poggi, T. Johnson, DiBona

DB - Greenwood, Sash, Steinbrecher, Hyde, Swanson, Lowe, Bernstine, Hitchens, Miller, Donatell, N. Nielsen, Castillo, Greiner, Sleeper, Lowery,

ST - Guthrie, Donahue, Meyer, Mossbrucker, Schulze, Mullings.

Injury Report - Hawkeye fans breathed a sigh of relief after QB Ricky Stanzi returned from tweaking his knee in the second quarter. James Vandenberg replaced the senior on a scoring drive after he crumbled to the turf. It was a non-contact injury as his left knee buckled when he tried to make a cut.

The student section serenaded Stanzi with the chant of "USA, USA, USA" when he returned to the game.

Jeff Tarpinian, who broke his hand in camp, was held out on Saturday. He opened camp as the team's No. 1 MLB but was replaced at Bruce Davis. Troy Johnson also saw time at that spot.

Davis returned to action in the third quarter, but limped off of the field and didn't return. He said after the contest that he was cramping up and needed to do a better job of staying hydrated.

Ferentz said that Tarpinian is trying to find a hand wrap that allows him to play effectively. They thought they found something this week and will try again again.

After game, Ferentz said that all of his players that were out on Saturday close to playing. He expected those guys to have a good chance at being available next week against Iowa State.

Koeppel was cleared by doctors to play against EIU, Ferentz said. The coach decided to hold him out after his much-publicized collision with a truck on Monday.

Coach Kirk Ferentz announced before the game that Daniel Murray, Josh Koeppel, Shaun Prater and Adam Gettis would miss Saturday's action due to injury.

Special Teams Units -

Kick Return - Johnson-Koulianos, K. Davis, Daniel, Gimm, Rogers, Tillison, Fiedorowicz, DiBona, Davis, O'Meara, T. Johnson.

Kick coverage - Kirksey, Morris, Swanson, N. Nielsen, Meyer, White, Lowe, Bernstine, Tillison, DiBona, O'Meara.

Punt Return - DiBona, N.Nielsen, Sandeman, Hyde, Tillison, Swanson, White, Herman, O‘Meara, Reisner, Bernstine.

Punt Coverage - Donahue, Schulze, O‘Meara, T. Johnson, Hunter, Sash, Reisner, Lowe, T. Nielsen, Hyde, Morse.

EXTRA POINTS -

-Six true freshmen saw action on Saturday - James Morris, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Mike Meyer, B.J. Lowery, Tanner Miller and Christian Kirksey. Iowa played three true freshmen a year ago - Micah Hyde, Brandon Wegher and Keenan Davis.

-Hawkeyes who saw their first starts on Saturday - James Ferentz, Nolan MacMillan, Markus Zusevics, Mike Daniels, Micah Hyde, Bruce Davis and Tyler Nielsen.

-Jason White wore No. 3, formerly donned by Brandon Wegher.

-Freshman walk-on Blake Haluska, a QB in high school, went through warm-ups as a WR.

-Broderick Binns sat out Saturday due to suspension. His younger brother, Marcus Binns, dressed and warmed up at RB. He's a true freshman walk-on.

-Ten different Iowa players caught at least one pass.

QUOTABLE -

EIU Coach Bob Spoo: "It wasn't a 70-7 game. I really think we played hard. I think the blocked punt for the touchdown and the safety, you take those points away and it's a 28-7 game. I thought we played them tough and I thought we played extremely well and I'm really proud of them."

Kirk Ferentz on O-Line: I thought they did OK. Important thing is we didn't fall apart. One of the dark thoughts I had was just letting guys just totally run through and we had some guys penetrate but nothing catastrophic."


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