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Will we see any more true freshmen take the field for Iowa?

[ 0 ] September 24, 2013 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Linebacker Reggie Spearman became Iowa’s fourth true freshman to see action this season during last week’s victory against Western Michigan. Coach Kirk Ferentz doesn’t see that number growing in 2013.

“Barring injury, I think we’re pretty close to being where we want to be or need to be right now,” Ferentz said, tapping the table with his knuckles. “Knock on wood, hopefully we’re done.”

Running back LeShun Daniels, wide receiver Matt VandeBerg and defensive back Desmond King, who is expected to start his fourth straight game Saturday at Minnesota, have also seen the field as true freshmen. Daniels had 13 carries for 54 yards last week.

Spearman played for the first time last week. He saw action at both linebacker and special teams. The challenge for Ferentz now is to keep the four in the rotation during conference play.

“If we made that commitment, we made the commitment thinking that we’re going to need them, so everybody has got a little different role,” Ferentz said. “ Some guys will be playing special teams. A guy like LeShun, he doesn’t have a big role on special teams but my guess is he’ll get his share of snaps over the next eight, nine weeks.”

Spearman is just 17 years old. Ferentz said he was 17 when he started college, too, “but I was far from playing Division I football, and when I ended college I was far from playing Division I football. That’s just the way it goes. It’s amazing. I think young people today, in general, are a lot more unfazed by things.  I think they’re a lot smarter in a lot of ways, a lot more exposed.”

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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