— One week after being limited in practice, Treyvon Green played well. He appeared comfortable darting to the outside, with last week's setback appearing to be extremely minor. Green's outstanding September feels like ages ago, with the running game now stumbling due to the absence of Venric Mark. Fitzgerald revealed that the team truly had two active running backs in the game against Iowa; that's no recipe for success.
— Fitzgerald discussed Malin Jones' transition but refused to answer the question: "Which position group meetings does he attend?" (That would indicate what they think of his "true position.") We're hearing that this transition to superback is more than likely permanent, though the Joliet (Ill.) native could return to running back in later seasons. For now, the redshirt freshman is behind Dan Vitale on the depth chart.
— Defensive tackle Sean McEvilly saw an increased number of reps on Tuesday—appearing fully healthy at this point. Against another formidable rushing attack, he'll need to be ready. Chance Carter and Will Hampton did an admirable job in his absence, but McEvilly's full return will likely spike the success of this run defense.
— Recent transfer Miles Shuler performed his best imitation of Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez. It's an interesting role for the former Rutgers wideout, who could be in line to earn a starting role next season. Regardless, they presented some solid option looks for the rapidly improving defense—which Fitzgerald praised once again following practice.
— We spoke to redshirt sophomore cornerback Nick VanHoose about the strange season. He's extremely impressed–as we all are–by true freshman Matt Harris. He admitted to the stress that arrived with increased hype, and felt as though he slumped at the beginning of this year. Thankfully, he said, the team's defense has been bolstered by the senior leadership of Ibraheim Campbell, Damien Proby and Tyler Scott.
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