IOWA CITY, Ia. — Brian Ferentz expected the question Wednesday. He wasn’t disappointed.
A January report said he would leave his father’s staff at Iowa to become offensive line coach for the NFL’s Houston Texas and new head coach Bill O’Brien. Brian Ferentz and O’Brien worked together in New England.
“What I’ll tell you guys is this,” Ferentz said. “What I’m here to talk about is the 2014 Iowa football season, and what we plan on doing, what we’re working on doing right now. As far as things like that, I never made a public comment, and the reason was very simple: There was no need to make a public comment. I’m the offensive line coach of the University of Iowa, and I’m very happy to be the offensive line coach of the University of Iowa. I have a great job.”
DRIVER’S SEAT: Reese Morgan, Iowa’s defensive line coach, compares starting defensive end Drew Ott to a pickup truck.
“Reliable, he starts every day, he’s tough, he works hard, you can load him up, he’s not afraid of anything,” Morgan said. “You can take him on the interstate. You can take him on a dirt road. That’s the kind of guy he is.”
WALK-ON FLAVOR: Iowa’s depth chart has a real walk-on influence on the offensive line. Three backups — left tackle Boone Myers, center Tommy Gaul and right tackle Cole Croston — all joined the program as walk-ons.
“To me, where we’ve been fortunate is we’ve had some guys that have walked on to our program and paid their dues the hard way,” Ferentz said. “They’ve really improved and elevated.”
College football recruiting is an inexact science.
“Frankly, it’s kind of like the draft,” Ferentz said. “I know they do this exercise in the NFL. They go back, and they redraft. You guys do that stuff. Teams obviously cannot. But the benefit of hindsight, sometimes it’s 20/20, and I feel like if we could redraft some of our recruiting classes, perhaps those guys would have had a different avenue to go to school because they’ve turned out to be very good players for us.”