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Notes on Coker, Bernstine, Prater and injuries

[ 3 ] November 25, 2011 |

LINCOLN, Neb. — Sophomore running back Marcus Coker had 89 yards on 18 carries Friday and moved into fourth place on the single-season rushing list at Iowa.

On the season Coker has 1,386 yards on 280 carries. He passed Albert Young (1,334 in 2005) and Fred Russell (1,355 in 2003).

No other Iowa running back ran the ball Saturday against the blackshirts

“They weren’t overly physical, they just played good defense,” Coker said. “They are strong and had more than one guy at the point of attack.”

Coker admitted he played with a red jersey this week in practice, but said he was healthy.

ONE GOOD SHOVE: Iowa safety Jordan Bernstine was flagged for a 15-yard pass interference penalty in the first half. He did it effectively, body slamming Nebraska receiver Kenny Bell.

“It was kind of he had a step up on me , and I’d rather give up 15 than 40,” Bernstine said.

Nebraska ended going 15 plays for 80 yards on the drive, converting four third downs and one fourth down.

TOUGH TURKEY: Iowa senior cornerback Shuan Prater, who is from Omaha, Neb., was heading home after the game to enjoy a late Thanksgiving tomorrow.

He said he’d try not to let the loss bother him over stuffing.

“I’ll have to focus on the 24-hour rule,” Prater said. “Just move on from this.”

Prater was able to fulfill all 30 tickets he needed for friends and relatives Friday.

EMPTY WEEK: Iowa will return give players the long weekend off, then return to practice on Tuesday.

But unless something strange happens, the Hawkeyes won’t know which bowl and what opponent they’ll face until Dec. 4.

“I’m sure we’ll get back in, correct our mistakes and figure out where we’re going,” junior tackle Riley Reiff said.

INJURY REPORT: Tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz limped off in the fourth quarter and did not return. B.J. Lowery was also treated on the sideline for a leg injury.

Ferentz said both injuries “appear to be minor.”


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