BY RICK BROWN AND ANDREW LOGUE — Des Moines Register
IOWA CITY, Ia. — Tailback Akeem Daniels, Northern Illinois’ leading returning rusher, won’t play against Iowa in Saturday’s season opener at Kinnick Stadium.
Donna Turner, the Huskies’ associate athletic director, said Tuesday that Daniels has missed camp with a foot injury. The 5-foot-7, 184-pound senior rushed for 447 yards, averaging 6.6 yards a carry, last season. He was also the fourth-leading receiver with 20 catches for 259 yards.
Daniels wore a boot at Northern Illinois’ media day August 7, but coach Rod Carey said then he was hopeful Daniels would be able to play. Cameron Stingily, a 6-1, 244-pound redshirt junior from Romeoville, Ill., is now listed as the Huskies’ starting tailback. He had one carry for five yards last season.
Injury rumors: Rumors on Iowa’s message boards earlier this week said that one of Iowa’s starting linebackers had suffered a serious knee injury in practice.
But all three of the Hawkeyes’ starting linebackers – James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens – visited with the media Tuesday and were free of crutches or walking boots.
Asked if everyone listed at No. 1 on the depth chart is expected to play Saturday, Ferentz said that the team’s health out of camp “has been as good as you could hope for. We’ve had some camp-type injuries, a couple days here and there. Overall, I think we’re probably about as healthy as you could ask to be.”
Ferentz said that all his starters were expected to take part in practice Tuesday.
Tickets dwindle: Fewer than 1,000 tickets available for Saturday’s game.
“The area we’re waiting to see, the students are back on campus,” Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said. “And that’s the area that’s probably lagging the most.”
If students do not buy up all the tickets, they’ll be made available to the public.
“Hopefully, (the students) will rise to the occasion,” Barta said of the students.