Iowa loses another RB (via kccitv)
IF YOU WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND. Scott Dochterman has 15 minutes of scrimmage video that includes 56 plays. Brendan Stiles, of Hawkeye Drive, also has video. Marc Morehouse collected stats and added his impressions. M'House also has video of the offensive versus defensive line and post practice player and coach interviews. Finally, Hawkeye Sports released a photo gallery and Rob Howe has his impressions on Hawkeye Insider.
WHO WAS BACK? At Iowa's previous open practice, Kid's Day, there was a lengthy list of injured. Saturday, Greg Garmon, Barkley Hill, Maurice Fleming, Nolan MacMillan and B.J. Lowery were among those that were back. Brett Van Sloten was out recovering from a laceration on his leg. Kevonte Martin-Manley and Keenan Davis were held out with minor injuries. Freshman Sean Draper wasn't at practice. Riley McMinn missed his second open practice and James Morris did participate but was limited with a wrap on his thumb.
AIRBHG STRIKES AGAIN. It was one of the last plays of the scrimmage. Freshman running back Barkley Hill completed a tough eight yard run in the end zone but there was a loud pop (per Morehouse) and Hill was on the ground clutching his knee. The severity of the injury has yet to be released. Greg Davis says he hopes "it's just a sprain." Hill is scheduled to have an MRI Monday.
THERE WERE REPORTS THAT CARL DAVIS LOOKED BETTER THAN EVER. Darian Cooper, along with Joe Gaglione, took the first reps at defensive line this scrimmage. Gaglione appeared to suffer a concussion and didn't finish practice. Davis started his day with the second team and disrupted many plays. Scott Dochterman writes that Davis is "comfortable" with new line coach Reese Morgan. Perhaps the coaching change at DLine will be a plus for Davis. He missed spring practice and Phil Parker says, "The more time he gets in two-a-days, the better he becomes."
UNLIKE LAST WEEK, THIS WAS MORE OF A GAME SIMULATION. Phil Parker and Greg Davis both took a spot up in the booth. The position coaches on the sidelines communicated with headphones and it was a different feel than the previous practice open to the public. Phil Parker said, "today you saw some good things." Besides Carl Davis stepping up, Tom Donatell snagged an INT. Both Donatell and Law are locked in a battle for the starting strong safety position.
GREG DAVIS LIKED WHAT HE SAW. It was a better day for red shirt freshman Jake Rudock. He shook off the poor performance from the week prior and looked like Iowa's number two quarterback. Without Keenan Davis and Kevonte Martin-Manley, Maurice Fleming and Jacob Hillyer saw reps with the first team. Fleming caught the ball on a wide receiver screen and fumbled after a hit from B.J. Lowery. Fleming has had an injury to his wrist and left for awhile. He returned with a wrap on his arm.
Greg Davis' offense also featured more action to the tight ends with the two wide receiver starters held out. Jake Duzey, again, had a solid day as he looks to fit in this offense. Greg Garmon, Barkley Hill and Michael Malloy got plenty of reps. Garmon is reportedly smooth and even moved the pile despite his light 190 pound body.
THE FORGOTTEN MAN! All of this talk of AIRBHG and still, at the top of the depth chart, is Damon Bullock. He hasn't always been at the top. Jordan Canzeri was listed as the first-string running back heading into spring camp. After Canzeri suffered an ACL injury, Bullock took the starting spot by default. He flashed in spring with an 84 yard touchdown run in scrimmage. This fall he's shown solid hands and will be a big part of Iowa's passing game. He'll have to hold off Greg Garmon and Michael Malloy but all three being on the small side could mean quite a few split carries this season.
KYLE MEYER GETS A PAULA. Kyle Meyer had a bit too much fun Friday night in Iowa City. The Hawkeye hoops freshmen is Fran McCaffery's first player to get cited by the police. He'll begin school Monday but after appearing in court. He'll surely be in top shape when practice starts in October.
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