SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A stomach virus that struck Iowa offensive tackle Markus Zusevics Wednesday isn’t expected to keep him from tonight’s Insight Bowl game against Oklahoma.
“He’s fine,” coach Kirk Ferentz said Thursday. “He had a little vomiting and sickness going through him. I think that shifted to another guy (Thursday), so the good news is it is a 24-hour type.
“(Zusevics) was up and running (Thursday morning), and eating again.”
Ferentz said Zusevics was expected to practice Thursday afternoon, but that’s not the case with backup tight end Brad Herman, who will miss the game because of a sprained foot.
Ferentz also said injuries will prevent tight end Ray Hamilton and linebacker Quinton Alston from playing.
“It chips away at your depth a little bit,” Ferentz said. “We’re kind of like a pro team. We will be out there with 45 guys and see what happens.
“We will have more than that dressed. It is only a 60-minute game. We will get through it.”
Ferentz was still being coy Thursday about who replaces suspended tailback Marcus Coker.
“I don’t want to make them nervous, more than anything,” he said when asked why he hadn’t revealed the starter. “We just have to get them through the first couple minutes, and then we should be fine.”
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is preparing as if Coker was in the lineup.
“I don’t believe they’re going to change offenses,” Stoops said, “so I think what you still prepare for are the formations and the plays that they are used to running. “I’m sure they will find guys that will be able to jump in and make something happen.”
So where is Oklahoma’s motivation after being ranked No. 1 for the first six weeks of the season?
“Our motivation any time you’re taking the field is to win another football game,” Stoops said. “We have a chance to win our 10th this year, and our guys have worked hard leading up to the game to give ourselves a chance for it.”
And for once, Carol Stoops, who met her husband, Bob, while both attended Iowa can’t cheer for their alma mater.
“My wife yells at my children all Saturday morning ‘Go Hawks’ through the fall,” Bob Stoops said. “She just can’t say it (tonight).”
PAC-12 DEAL IS MATTER OF TIMING
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said he’s OK with playing a Pac-12 Conference non-conference opponent each year starting in 2017.
He just doesn’t relish the time zone changes.
“It’s a swap out for that ninth (conference) game, which I think makes sense,” Ferentz said Thursday.
“The downside for me is that playing those night games on the West Coast — you get back to Iowa at 6 in the morning. That’s not much fun.
“I just hope we can get them at 11 o’clock (in the morning) when they come to our place.”
Wednesday’s announcement came at a time when Ferentz was hoping to go away from scheduling teams from that conference.
“Our preference is to go someplace where we’re more apt to recruit, and we don’t recruit the West Coast much,” Ferentz said. “My preference is (the) Eastern time zone or Central time zone, but you can’t have it all.
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