ANN ARBOR, MICH. – Iowa didn’t change its game plan or scheme any different.
But tight ends ended up with 11 catches on Saturday, led by junior C.J. Fiedorowicz with a career-high eight catches for 99 yards.
It was the most catches for an Iowa tight end since Scott Slutzker caught 8 for 165 against Penn State in 1995.
“We were still running the same plays, James just happened to be seeing me a lot more,” Fiedorowicz siad. “He trusted me today. I was just doing my job.”
Fiedorowicz said he has been telling senior quarterback James Vandenberg to give him the ball.
“I’ve been talking to James, telling him to throw me the ball and let me do something with it,” Fiedorowicz said.
Redshirt freshman tight end Henry Krieger Coble got his first start of the season and finsihed with three catches for 24 yards.
That included a 16-yard touchdown to tie the game up 7-7 in the first quarter.
“It was nice to finally get a chance to help the team a little bit that way,” Krieger Coble said. “We did a couple of go routes, and either me or C.J. were going to be open. Turned out to be me.”
Krieger Coble is the fourth tight end to rotate into that second spot behind Fiedorowicz. Redshirt freshman Ray Hamilton (2 catches-20 yards), redshirt freshman Jake Duzey (3-16) and senior Zach Derby (6-48) have also manned that spot this fall.
“I wouldn’t say I earned it any special way,” Krieger Coble said. “We’re all getting our fair share of reps. One of us is going to go in there and play and help the team.”
Fiedorowicz said Krieger Coble earned the playing time.
“He’s been working really hard in practice,” Fiedorowicz said. “The coaches are really high on him. He’s made the most progress in the last couple weeks of anybody.
“Throwing him out there really helped him out.”
WEISMAN RETURNS: Iowa sophomore running back Mark Weisman returned for the first time in three weeks on Saturday.
And he was running with more pep in his step then his previous attempt to come back from injury against Northwestern.
“You want to get in there, but understand you’re not helping the team and you don’t want to be hurting yourself for the future, too,” Weisman said.
Weisman finished the day with 63 yards on 16 carries and also had a 13-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter.
“I was hitting on all cylinder right away,” Weisman said. “But I didn’t stay consistent out there.”
Freshman Greg Garmon had 10 carries for 30 yards. Sophomore Damon Bullock did not black, out with a back bruise.
MEDICAL REPORT: Iowa junior linebacker James Morris didn’t start Saturday’s game, which ended a streak of 16 consecutive starts for the Solon native.
Morris declined to discuss the specifics of his injury after the game.
Sophomore Quinton Alston started in his place, but was replaced by Morris in the first quarter.
Junior linebacker Anthony Hitchens also missed Saturday’s game with undisclosed injury.
Oft-injured offensive lineman Nolan MacMillan also didn’t make the trip to Michigan because of an injury. MacMillan started at left guard against Indiana two weeks ago.
EXTRA KIRK: Steve Roe from the Iowa Sports Information Office told reporters during Saturday’s game that Ferentz will no longer be holding his press conferences on the side after the main press conference.
Roe didn’t give an explanation for the change, but it came during a week in which Ferentz cursed at a reporter during the on-the-side press conference.
Ferentz has a tradition of gathering with reporters after his weekly press conferences on Tuesday and after games to discuss specific areas of his team.
Former Iowa coach Hayden Fry also used to meet with reporters on the side after his main press conference.
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