It's Not Plagiarism If You Link To It: Kirk Ferentz Talks Summer Workouts

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On a random Summer Tuesday Kirk Ferentz took a minute to talk to the media.

FERENTZ HAS FOOTBALL UPDATES. Here is the first of several videos from Iowa's football practice facility from yesterday.

June talking -- Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz (via Marc Morehouse)

THE COACHES HAVE LIMITED CONTACT WITH THE PLAYERS. Some players are together currently working 7 on 7. There is some personnel updates from Ferentz:

  • Dalton Shaull is doing better
  • Michael Malloy will be on full scholarship this Fall
  • Jonny Mullings has left the team
  • Barkley Hill says he's "fine now"
  • Ferentz likes what he sees from Faith Ekakitie and Jaleel Johnson
  • Damond Powell is still in Utah for Summer semester
  • DJ Hernandez is still working and "doing fine"
  • Ferentz will take James Morris, Brett Van Sloten and Christian Kirksey to Chicago for B1G Media Days
  • Marshall Koehn is now the second string punter
First, good news with Malloy. After having a scholarship offer out of high school and losing that due to an arrest/citation, he stuck with Iowa and earned a free ride. He looked good at running back in Iowa's Spring Game in April and will surely see the field this Fall. Add Barkely Hill and LeShun Daniels to the mix this August and perhaps Iowa has some depth there.

Ferentz didn't offer much on the QB race. He couldn't really, the coaches aren't working with the players. Christian Kirksey did say that Rudock was "stepping up" this Summer. Read into that what you will. Perhaps it's not a three horse race as previously suspected. Incoming freshman Nic Shimonek threw his hat into the ring:

It may be hard for the frosh to beat out Rudock, C.J. Beathard and Cody Sokol as he'll now undoubtedly be running stadium steps for the unforeseeable future.

Finally, about DJ Hernandez. His brother, of course, is Aaron Hernandez, the New England Patriots tight end who was arrested this morning. As of yesterday, he plans to continue working as a graduate assistant coaching Iowa's tight ends. Again, this answer from Ferentz was yesterday and before this morning's arrest. Still, unless to be at his brother's side, there's no reason to believe anything will change there.

ANOTHER INCOMING FRESHMAN MAKES THE NEWS. Earlier this month we read about Nate Bazata's MVP performance in the Nebraska Shrine Bowl. Akrum Wadley also earned MVP honors leading the North offense in the South All-Star Football Classic at Kean University over the weekend. Wadley had 98 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries.

FOOTBALL RECRUITING NEWS. Iowa added a couple of verbal commits last weekend. There's another that might be close to calling the Hawks. Jemal Averette wanted a little more time to think it over. Still, he could be Iowa's next prospect in fold. Or, it could be Cedar Rapids Xavier's Matt Nelson. He's set to decide between Iowa, Stanford and Notre Dame tomorrow.

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