One nice aspect of the Hawkeyes' "resurgence" (see: run of shitty opponents) is the media's newfound license to print fluff stories again. We don't take kindly to mindless articles when the Hawkeyes are two games below .500 and Alcoholic Daddy's feeling "surly," but now that Iowa's one listless MAC opponent away from Christmas in Phoenix, we've got room to breathe.
So it was fun, not grating, to read this article from supermegaexpert Eric Page about Ryan Donahue. Apparently the cannon-legged punter is a bit of a wacko:
Not that I’m shocked to hear that, kickers and punters in football are a bit like goalies in hockey or closers in baseball. They’re all a few fries short of a happy meal, a tree short of a forest. You get the idea. I guess Ferentz has had some run-ins with his punter off the field. He called him "a bit of a free spirit."
"He’s got his ideas about things at times," Ferentz said. "Not that he tells me he does. I just judge what I observe. We’ve had some conferences and conversations. That can be a real good thing. He’s a strong-minded guy."
Ferentz didn’t get specific about what Donahue does that gets under his skin, saying only, "It’s nothing major, just little stuff that would annoy me."
Obviously, we're unsatisfied with that answer. How the heck does a punter annoy his coach off the field? Shanks are one thing, but we didn't even know coaches talked to their special teamers unless it was game day. We've got a couple ideas as to what Ferentz might be referring to, but we're just spitballin' here. Any guesses?