powered by the Iowa City Press-Citizen & The Des Moines Register
Subscribe via RSS Feed

Canzeri has ACL surgery

[ 2 ] April 4, 2012 |

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed that Jordan Canzeri was having ACL surgery Wednesday afternoon.

The freshman running back was injured in practice last week trying to make a cut.

“Most of these injuries tend to be noncontact,” Ferentz said. “Just one of those things, not much you can do about it.”

Ferentz said it takes five to six months for an ACL injury to be cleared medically. He wouldn’t say for certain that Canzeri — who ran for 114 yards on 31 carries as a true freshman — would redshirt this season.

“Just a matter of how quickly he can get back,” Ferentz said. “We won’t go in with a set plan, just see how he goes.”

Damon Bullock, who gained 20 yards on 10 carries last season, becomes the primary back. He’s backed up by redshirt freshman De’Andre Johnson and former Cedar Rapids Washington prep Andre Dawson.

Dawson joined Iowa as a walk-on after a stint at Iowa Western Community College after leaving Northern Iowa last year.

Ferentz said that incoming freshmen Greg Garmon and Barkley Hill will have a chance to compete for carries in the fall.

“We’ll give everybody an opportunity now that we’re one man down, more so than two weeks ago,” Ferentz said. “It just opens up opportunities for other players.”

KMM STEPPING UP: Iowa receivers coach Eric Campbell offered up redshirt Kevonte Martin Manley as someone who is shining in the spring.

Martin Manley caught 30 passes for 323 yards last season. He ranked third behind senior Marvin McNutt (82-1315) and junior Keenan Davis (50-713).

“You can see that experience pay off. You can see him looking like a veteran receiver, doing things that a guy with that kind of experience has shown.”

No other receiver returns with more than five catches and Campbell said no one has stepped into that third receiver role.

“They’re all competing right now for that spot,” Campbell said. “Not a lot of guys with game experience.”

BLYTHE AT NO. 1: Iowa junior center James Ferentz said that freshman Austin Blythe is keeping up with the first-team offensive line.

The Williamsburg prep came into the spring sharing the right guard spot with Conor Boffeli on the depth chart.

“He’s a great player,” James Ferentz said. “He needed to get a little more experience in the speed of the game.

“Unlike a lot of players, he’s been able to pick up on that speed quickly. He’s been doing a good job running with the first group.”

Tags: , , , ,

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Ryan Suchomel: Reach Ryan Suchomel at 339-7368 or rsuchomel@press-citizen.com. View author profile.

Comments closed