SURE, 15 MINUTES AIN'T MUCH. But, our good friend Marc Morehouse, of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, took plenty of video while watching the Hawkeyes practice. Here's the photo gallery from Hawkeye Sports along with a set of video from Morehouse. Mas Casa also started up a new shiny Instagram account that has more photos and videos too.
The practice vids are a mix of individual position drills and some first team/second team offense stuff. We get a glimpse of Damond Powell and Damon Bullock working at wide receiver. There's also a clip of Chris White coaching up the special teams.
There's also pics from Brian Ray. Follow him on Twitter for more like this:
ABOUT DAMOND POWELL. He didn't participate in Iowa's Media Day on Thursday. Probably because he's new to the program (Ferentz doesn't allow freshmen at Media Day and I suppose JUCO transfers too). We talked a little bit about him earlier in the week when it was noted he was immediately working with the upperclassmen in the week's early practice sessions (the freshmen worked together in the afternoon). Wide Receiver coach Bobby Kennedy said the first thing that popped out when he saw Powell's recruiting tape was his speed. Ferentz says they recruit JUCO players with the idea that they'll contribute sooner rather than later. He just joined the team last week and has a lot of catching up to do regarding the playbook. Kennedy said, He's a guy who can stretch the field. What I've been impressed with is he goes up and makes acrobatic catches. He uses his hands well." A receiver with speed that can stretch the field is exactly what this team needs.
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THE CY-HAWK TROPHY IS BACK IN IOWA CITY.
IOWA MEN'S HOOPS ALSO ALLOWED MEDIA INTO PRACTICE BEFORE HEADING OVERSEAS. Fran Mccaffery spoke:
Fran McCaffery talks about Iowa Basketball's upcoming trip to Europe (via Iowa Hawkeyes)
MIKE GESELL WILL NOT PLAY. He's practicing with a light cast but will not risk further injury to his fractured hand in London. He believes that if this upcoming trip were regular season Big Ten play he'd be on the court. This is the second injury in the matter of months keeping slowing Gesell in practice. He suffered a stress reaction in his foot at the end of the 2012-13 regular season that cost him four games. He hasn't had a full injury-free practice since February and says "it stinks."
NO WONDER THE PLAYERS LIKE MCCAFFERY. He gets it. Fran's team is playing in Gabe Olaseni's home country and the Hawkeye center will get the starter in London. It's Olaseni's origins that convinced McCaffery to make some switching-up of the European tour. Originally, Iowa was to visit France and Spain but McCaffery decided playing in London and allowing Gabe to play in front of his family.
IOWA HOOPS IS ALSO ON INSTAGRAM. It's the thing to do these days. Hawkeye Football recently took to the app to post daily pics. Iowa Basketball does too, right here.
Simeon 2015 forward Ed Morrow has picked up offers from Iowa and UMass. UIC offered earlier this week.— Jeremy Woo (@Jeremy_Woo) August 8, 2013
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