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It's Not Plagiarism If You Link To It: Kirk Ferentz Talks Northern Iowa

UNI pregame -- Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz Part 1 (via mohouse13)

KIRK FERENTZ TALKED ABOUT BOTH ISU AND UNI. First, there was the Big Ten teleconference. Marc Morehouse has the notes here. For Ferentz's press conference, I'll summarize bullet style (transcript, video) :

  • Same four captains: James, James, James, Micah
  • No injuries
  • Offense has to do a better job of finishing plays
  • Team execution
  • Dropped too many balls on Saturday
  • Team grew defensively, played with confidence
  • Ferentz is impressed with UNI's QB
  • Not planning on playing true frosh WR's but not completely ruling it out
  • Ferentz will talk to the team about the 2009 UNI game today
  • Collin Sleeper is back this week
  • The running game has been "okay"
  • Anthony Hitchens and James Morris are playing at a high level right now
THERE'S ALSO KIRK ON THE SIDE. Here, he talks more about Vandenberg getting comfortable, the wide receivers and even mentions Hulk Hogan. Ferentz must have watched Rocky III recently and Rocky versus Hulk was fresh in his mind.

NOT A LOT OF CHANGES IN THE TWO-DEEPS. Steve Bigach is still listed as the starter at defensive tackle. Darian Cooper and Carl Davis are still backing Bigach and Trinca-Pasat there.

HERE'S THE GAME NOTES. Kickoff, in Kinnick Stadium, is set for 2:42 pm (CDT). The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. Announcers this week are Tom Werme, former Hawkeye WR Danan Hughes, and Damon Benning. The Hawkeyes will also honor the 2002 football team and the 1968 and 1970 men's basketball teams.

UNI ISN'T SCARED. The last time the Panthers visited Kinnick it took two late field goal blocks for the Hawkeyes to escape with the win. The Panthers are 1-1 on the season and are coming off of a 59-0 drubbing of Central State. The Panthers had 471 total yards including 311 passing. They are currently #7 in the FCS Top 25.

PANTHER FANS EXPECT TO WIN. There's a change that has taken place for UNI fans, they expect to compete and even beat Big Ten teams. UNI coach Mark Farley says that on offense for Iowa, "the talent is there." His Panthers are full of kids from the state of Iowa that will be hungry to knock off the Hawkeyes.

THERE'S PLAYER VIDEO FROM YESTERDAY. Morehouse has Riley McMinn, Mark Weisman, Steve Bigach, James Vandenberg, James Ferentz, Damon Bullock, Kevonte Martin-Manley and Keenan Davis. The topics? Probably everything you imagine.

HAHA BOWL PREDICTIONS. There is still a lot of football to be played. But, JPalm has Iowa heading to Detroit to take on another directional Michigan school. Off Tackle Empire also has Iowa in Detroit. The pick here is a rematch with Northern Illinois.

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