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LEVAR WOODS AND REESE MORGAN TALK SPRING FOOTBALL

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Plus, the media got a quick inside look at Wednesday morning's practice.

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THERE'S PLENTY OF NEWS out of Iowa City as the Hawkeyes hosted the media for a brief glimpse of Wednesday morning's practice followed by an assistant coaches press conference. As usual, Kirk Ferentz lets his assistants take a shot at the podium, rotating a new face each week. This first press conference gave us tight ends coach LeVar Woods and defensive line coach Reese Morgan. Here are some of the highlights:

LeVar Woods
  • Jameer Outsey is improving. He's a good blocker and working on receiving
  • Tight end is a toss up after George Kittle
  • Noah Fant and TJ Hockenson are tight ends. Other '16 recruits could be TE or defense
  • Jon Wisnieski has improved over last year
Reese Morgan
  • Anthony Nelson has a great upside
  • Feels bad for Drew Ott and is frustrated with the process
  • A true frosh or two has a chance to break the two-deeps at DE
  • Iowa played six at DL last year, and Morgan would like eight in rotation next season
  • Matt Nelson has the best pad level on the DL
  • Jaleel Johnson is playing fast and Nate Bazata graded the highest on the DL last year
AND THERE'S MORE. Several media folk were on hand for the beginning of Iowa's early practice this morning. We learned that CJ looks good and isn't 100% but close. Also, Josh Jackson is practicing but limited. Mitch Keppy is on crutches and it's a knee for James Daniels and shoulder for Derrick Mitchell.

Perhaps the biggest news out of today is that Sean Welsh may stick at center. It makes sense with James Daniels out until June. Iowa likely wants the center position locked down before August camp. There's also C.J. Beathard raving about Jay Scheel's one handed catches on the scout team last year.

Finally, we learned that Drew Ott has been denied (several times) it sounds but still has an appeal pending. There hasn't been word from the NCAA and Reese Morgan expressed his frustration with that process. Ott just wants to know if he can move on. He's currently not practicing with the team.

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