IOWA MEDIA GOT A FEW QUOTES FROM PLAYERS YESTERDAY. It's June and Iowa Football is in full Summer workout mode. Some Iowa players spoke with local media about the workouts and upcoming season yesterday. There's always something interesting when that happens.
C.J. Beathard was asked about his group of freshman receivers. He told the media,
"I'm excited to get them in and get them going with the offense. I want to get them learning the routes. The older guys can teach them some stuff, because they've been in the system. They know how it's going to work. We don't need guys coming in and thinking they can do their own thing. We need to get with them right away and teach them how it's going to be."
Getting all, if not two, of those new faces up to speed will be important for Iowa's pass game this season. Typically, we don't expect big numbers from new faces at wide receiver but after a lackluster spring showing from that group, it's clear Iowa needs someone to contribute right away.
There's also a big need for a new contributor at tight end if senior Jake Duzey misses time due to his knee injury. George Kittle appeared to be that guy in Spring ball. Beathard said about Kittle,
"I trust George, he's got to step up. He's got to take a bigger role than he probably planned for. I think he will, I think he's ready for that. He's been in there working his butt off. That's what I've told him, ‘You've got to be ready to go, you're the next man in. You've got to step up.'"
Iowa's best wide receiver, senior Tevaun Smith, also spoke with the media yesterday. For the Iowa passing game to improve, Smith said,
"We need more guys to step up and make plays. Last year, it seemed like a lot of games we had one or two guys making plays. We need everybody. It's going to take all of us.''
"We need every part of our game to work as one. We're in this together.''
He also talked about his personal development. He sets the bar high as he told the media,
"My goal is to be recognized as one of the best receivers in the country and the conference, and I've got to work to put myself in a position to make that happen.''
JUNE ALSO MEANS THE PTL IS NEAR. Iowa Basketball's Summer hoops league will be full of new faces this year as Fran McCaffery added six new recruits in the 2015 class. One addition will not be in Iowa City right away as Isiah Moss will still be home in Chicago to finish up a Summer class to qualify.
Dale Jones will be there for the league that starts play on June 18th. McCaffery expects Jones to fill in for departed senior Aaron White in the rotation. Some move in dates for the 2015 class per Rivals:
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