Hawkeye Football Looks Forward to Warm Weather
By Marc Morehouse, Reporter
CORALVILLE, Iowa -- Kirk Ferentz said Monday that he expects all of Iowa's players to be eligible for the Outback against LSU. Iowa continues to work through a few injuries.
"Everybody was on the field [practicing] on Friday," he said. "We've had some injuries coming out of the last game. We had some guys who rested for a couple of weeks, but everybody was on the field Friday. We still have some guys who aren't there yet, but hopefully they will be by the end of the week and they'll have a good game-week preparation."
The early bowl prep has allowed some young players to shed scout team duties and jump into what Iowa does. Davis said freshman running LeShun Daniels and true freshman wide receiver Derrick Willies have stood out.
"LeShun Daniels has really done a good job," Davis said. "Derrick Willies is a guy we're redshirting, but he's having a really good bowl preparation. That's one of the benefits of a bowl, getting the extra practices. I'm sure there are guys I'm missing, but those two jump out."
Daniels played as a true freshman this year. The 6-0, 225-pounder rushed 36 times for 142 yards. Willies is a 6-4, 205-pound receiver from Rock Island, Ill.
The Hawkeyes leave for Tampa on Christmas Eve. After the 2003 Orange Bowl, a loss to USC in which Iowa looked a bit disorganized, Ferentz has stuck with largely the same plan for bowls. Curfews will start loosely and then tighten as the week goes.
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