TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback James Vandenberg #16 (C) of the Oklahoma Sooners runs out with teammates before the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Sun Devil Stadium on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
AND THERE'S GAME NOTES AND A NEW TWO-DEEPS. Iowa has 14 true or red shirt freshmen in the season's first two-deeps. True frosh Connor Kornbrath has earned the nod at punter. Greg Garmon and Michael Malloy are listed as sharing the second string running back position. Also, Kevin Buford breaks in the two deeps as a second team defensive back behind Micah Hyde.
Missing is senior tight end Zach Derby. Sophomore Ray Hamilton is listed as C.J. Fiedorowicz's back up. Don Shumpert is also not in the two-deeps. He has been replaced by senior Steven Staggs. Mark Weisman beat out Brad Rogers for the starting fullback spot. Finally, Nico Law and Tom Donatell are still listed as "or" on the two-deep. Their battle for the starting strong safety position is ongoing.
GAME NOTES: Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 2:32 pm (CDT). The game will take place at Soldier Field in Chicago and will be broadcast by ESPNU. Iowa is 7-0 all-time against Northern Illinois and is 11-2 in season openers under Kirk Ferentz.
FOR MORE ON NORTHERN ILLINOIS. Visit SBNation blog Red and Black Attack. There's plenty of links there to catch up on the Huskies and here's a quick summary of what's included: The Huskies will also play some true freshmen this season. It looks like defensive back is a prime spot for a young guy to break in. There's a plan to use a running back-by-committee approach this year. True freshman running back Keith Harris Jr. missed some practice time with the flu but he is expected to contribute. Finally, the offensive line will have five new faces starting this season. Three of those predicted starters are red shirt freshmen.
PHARTY IS COMPARING FERENTZ TO FRY. Ferentz doesn't physically resemble Fry. PHarty establishes that early in his piece. Ferentz is one Big Ten title behind Hayden but has seven years to tie the Sly Fox. And that's as far as I got into this article.
DID SOMEONE SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE DIRECTOR'S CUP? Yep, Iowa stinks. Gary Barta told Ryan Suchomel, "if we are going to offer the sport, our goal is to compete for championships." Iowa finished last among Big Ten teams in the final DC standings last year. Part of Barta's solution is upgrading facilities. Barta also points to Iowa's graduation rate and how it meets or exceeds his goals.
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