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Media Day notes: Is there really a fourth quarterback contender?

[ 0 ] August 8, 2013 |

TICKETS AVAILABLE: Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said Thursday that season ticket sales for the general public are down slightly from a season ago, and single-game tickets remain for all seven home games.

“I know the big question after a 4-8 season is, ‘How are the fans going to react?’” Barta said. “I was really excited to see all of our suites (47) and club seats (over 1,000) are sold. Our (public) season ticket sales are about 1 percent off right now, but we’re not done selling. So season tickets are going to come in just fine.”

Iowa averaged 70,474 fans at home last season and announced sold-out crowds (70,585) for every game but the season finale against Nebraska (69,805). Iowa has sold out 62 of its past 65 games at Kinnick Stadium.

“If there’s any fallout from a 4-8 season right now, it’s single-game,” Barta said.

There are approximately 2,000 tickets available for the Aug. 31 opener against Northern Illinois and more than 5,000 tickets left for nonconference home dates with Missouri State (Sept. 7) and Western Michigan (Sept. 21).

“Do I still think we can sell those games out?” Barta said. “Yes. Probably the most difficult would be the second and third nonconference games at home.”

Barta also said more than 1,000 tickets remain for each of the four home Big Ten dates.

“It’s still going to be a packed house and a great environment,” Barta said. “And that’s a credit to our fans, because after a 4-8 season, that’s certainly something you’re worried about.”

FOUR-MAN QB RACE? Asked if freshman Nic Shimonek had a chance to make it a four-horse race at quarterback, Ferentz drew a few laughs when he said, “Well, based on (Thursday) morning, realistically the other three would probably have to fall off a horse to have that happen … we really like Nic, but there’s so much going on, and especially you can imagine the first week. There’s no tougher place to play mentally than the quarterback position.”

Offensive coordinator Greg Davis, who recruited Shimonek out of Corsicana, Texas, is excited about his future.

“I told Nic when we recruited him that barring injury, we would redshirt him,” Davis said. “But he’s already caught guys’ attention in four days with his ability to spin the ball and those kinds of things. I think he’ll be right in the mix pretty quick.”

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