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Ferentz keeps an eye on Hawkeyes … and Texans

[ 0 ] September 3, 2014 |
James Ferentz (No. 78) on Texans practice squad

James Ferentz (No. 78) on Texans practice squad

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has been keeping a close eye on the NFL’s Houston Texans while preparing his own team for the 2014 season.

Ferentz’s son, James, is a center with the Texans. He was released last weekend but was one of 10 players signed to Houston’s practice squad on Sunday.

“It’s been perfect, actually, because the nights they’re played are the nights we’ve been off, so I appreciate them scheduling the way they have,” Ferentz said. “It’s been fun.”

Another of Ferentz’s sons, Brian, now Iowa’s offensive line coach, spent the 2006 season on the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad.

James, a three-year starter at Iowa before completing his career in 2012, was not with a team last season. He signed a free-agent contract with the Texans on May 16. James will make $6,300 per week as a member of the practice squad.

“I’m really happy for him,” Ferentz said.

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