Sometimes opportunity is earned, other times it comes through injury.
Four players got their first start of the season on Sunday due to the latter.
Matt Bowen stepped in at strong safety and notched seven stops in place of
Antuan Edwards, who broke his arm last week. Rookie Aaron Kampman joined
fellow Iowa alum Bowen on defense, making his first start at left end in
place of Vonnie Holliday, who has a torn pectoral muscle.<p>
"I felt pretty prepared for this game, I had a little bit (of
butterflies), but once you go out for pre game warmups and start banging
heads a little, as a player you just love that and the nervousness goes
away," said Kampman, who logged six tackles. "You're just playing
Also making their first starts in Green and Gold were fullback Tony
Carter, filling in for William Henderson, who sprained the MCL in his left
knee and receiver Robert Ferguson who stepped in at split end when Donald
Driver moved over to assume the wideout spot held by Terry Glenn who was
slowed with headaches. Ferguson tied Driver for the team lead with five
Center Mike Flanagan also saw his first ever action at guard, taking over
when Marco Rivera's knee was losing strength. Frank Winters, who had filled
in for Flanagan the previous three games at center while a broken bone in
Flanagan's hand healed, resumed his spot in the middle of the line.