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Iowa plans special military salute Saturday

[ 0 ] November 6, 2012 |

Iowa’s three-game losing streak will be forgotten for a few minutes before the Hawkeyes take the field Saturday against Purdue.

Iowa is having a special military salute for Veteran’s Day.

The Hawkeyes will wear a special silver-and-black Nike Pro Combat uniform. Each player got to pick which of the armed forces they want on the back of their jersey.

“I’m the Iowa National Guard,” senior quarterback James Vandenberg said. “A friend from back home is in it.

“I think a lot of guys know guys that have served. That makes it that much more important and a cool thing to do.”

The Hawkeyes have worn throwback uniforms several times, but never an “alternate” uniform like they will this week.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is a traditionalist, but this was an idea he could get behind.

“My only question on the whole thing was … whatever we do, I don’t want to offend anyone in the military,” Ferentz said. “I think it is really a nice way to honor a special group of people.”

The uniforms Iowa will wear will feature black shirts with silver pants and silver helmets.

“We’re just trying to pay tribute to the service men and women of this country,” senior James Ferentz said. “They are the heroes that go out and defend our freedom, put their lives on the line every day.

“This is a small way to show our appreciation to them.”

Iowa (4-5, 2-3) and Purdue (3-6, 0-5) kickoff at 11:01 a.m. Iowa officials are asking fans to get in their seats early for the pregame military salute.

But even with his team in silver, and the pregame celebration, don’t expect Ferentz to alter his attire.

“I will be dressed in normal game day battle regalia,” Ferentz said. “I will not be in fatigues.”

HAWKS STILL LOOKING: Ferentz indicated he still is looking for players to fill out the 2013 recruiting class.

Iowa is believed to have 16 commitments so far and may end up with 18 or 19.

This year, for the first time, the Hawkeyes had the bulk of its 2013 class by the start of the school year.

But under Ferentz, the Hawkeyes also have a history of adding quality players late. Names that came up Tuesday included Ricky Stanzi, Chad Greenway, Damon Bullock … among others.

“I am worried about that, yes, absolutely,” Ferentz said. “There is a balance there. I am not sure I know the formula.”

Ferentz said his philosophy hasn’t changed on adding junior college players. He usually only adds one or two to a recruiting class.

“The reality of it is, and I’m going off my history at this school, junior college players don’t, as a rule, always transition in as well,” Ferentz said. “That hasn’t been our mode.

“But there are some schools where it’s probably more workable.”

WEISMAN, ROGERS OUT: Ferentz indicated running back Mark Weisman and fullback Brad Rogers remained doubtful to play this week. Neither made the trip to Bloomington, Ind.

But Ferentz did rule either of them out.

“I don’t know how good a possibility right now,” Ferentz said. “But I’m hopeful he’ll be back next week. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Weisman is the team’s leading rusher with 661 yards on 114 carries. Rogers had started four games after Weisman moved from fullback to running back.

HYDE RETURNS AS A CAPTAIN: Senior cornerback Micah Hyde was a captain in each of the first five games before getting in trouble during Iowa’s bye week.

After four games, Hyde returns as a captain.

“That is one of the penalties he faced,” Ferentz said. “He had several.

“So that part has been paid, now he’s eligible again.”

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