Kirk Ferentz reminded us what the Iowa football program is all about under his watch while meeting with reporters after Saturday’s 31-23 season-opening victory over Northern Iowa. It wasn’t necessarily his intention to do that. It just sort of happened, as Ferentz responded to a question about how Saturday’s game was different than playing a […]
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IOWA CITY, Ia. For a fleeting second, Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock thought he had overthrown wide receiver Derrick Willies at a crucial moment. “I thought I threw it in a pretty good rhythm,” Rudock said. “When I saw him start putting his head down I thought, “Did I really overthrow him?’ “ Willies stretched out and […]
IOWA CITY, Ia. – Wide receiver Tevaun Smith is best remembered for one play. A very big play. The Hawkeyes were trailing Michigan 21-7 at halftime of last November’s game at Kinnick Stadium. On Iowa’s first series of the third quarter, Smith made an acrobatic one-handed catch of a Jake Rudock pass and dodged […]
IOWA CITY, Ia. – He is a young man of few words, and a world of potential. He is Derrick Willies, a redshirt freshman receiver from Rock Island, Ill., who drew rave reviews during Iowa’s spring football practices. “I don’t really go onto social media too much,” Willies said of his sudden stardom. “I didn’t […]
IOWA CITY, Ia. – He’s no fluke. Derrick Willies put on another pass-catching spectacle Saturday during Iowa’s spring football game, proving his performance two weeks ago in West Des Moines wasn’t a one-time wonder. “He’s a talented player,” fellow receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley said. “He plays with a lot of confidence and a lot of heart.” And […]
IOWA CITY, Ia. – Bobby Kennedy caught himself. As the second-year receivers coach began touting the potential of Iowa’s wideouts, he started to gush. Then, his comments became more measured. “I’m really pleased we decided to redshirt some of those guys, because I think they’ve got the ability to really, maybe change — not necessarily the […]
ALL CLEAR: Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said all the regular roster players are expected to make the trip to Tampa, and no one should miss the game because of injuries. “We had some injuries coming out of the last game, had some guys who rested for a couple weeks,” Ferentz said. “We’ve got some […]