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UNI, Iowa Confident As Season Approaches

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The Iowa football team was known for running the football last yearand that should be the same case this season.

The Hawkeyes return their top four running backs, facing a challenge of actually getting all four backs on the field. Coach Kirk Ferentz said it’s a good problem to have.

“I think Mark’s a good runner and a good football player, and it might be better for us to have him fresh in the fourth quarter. We have to be careful about that.”

The UNI football team has a lot of weapons on offense this year, including wide receivers.

“They want to be out there together, because they’ve heard all the hype, for years,” said UNI coach Mark Farley. “But it’s for whatever the reason, they’ve lost one along the way.”

That’s exactly what happened to Brett LeMaster last season, who missed all of last with an injury.

“The toughest part of it was it took me four different surgeries to get through,” LeMaster said. “I had to really push it every single day because I didn’t have any time to lose.”

The UNI Panthers are ranked No. 9 in the Sports Network Top 25 FCS poll. Eastern Washington is No. 1 followed by three-time defeneding national champion North Dakota State. If UNI can stay healthy, they’ll have a really good football team this year.

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