Injured back Canzeri lends hand: Injured running back Jordan Canzeri proved to be as elusive off the field as he can be on it Monday at Iowa’s media day.
The sophomore, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during spring drills, isn’t ruling out a return to action this fall, but he isn’t counting on it, either.
“Things are going well, but it’s all still pretty much in the doctor’s hands,” Canzeri said. “They’re the ones calling the shots, and I’m just glad being able to go out and help as much as I can right now.”
Canzeri’s initial role this fall will be watching from the sidelines and help other running backs.
“I’m helping them understand the system, we’re all learning that, and especially the new guys,” Canzeri said.
Matter of positioning: If sophomore Quinton Alston figures into the top three linebackers on the roster as things sort themselves out, he likely will move into the middle linebacker position, according to Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.
In that instance, James Morris likely would move to outside, and Ferentz said it is possible that the other returning starter at linebacker, Christian Kirksey, could shift spots as well.
Meier at running back: With Iowa’s lack of depth at running back, incoming freshman Nate Meier is working out at the position.
Meier rushed for 2,494 yards and 57 touchdowns as a high school senior.
Sleeper suspended: Ferentz said Monday that Collin Sleeper, a backup strong safety, will serve a multi-game suspension at the onset of the season for a past violation of team rules.
Calling it a career: The knee injury that Dakota Getz has been dealing with has forced the junior linebacker to call it a career.
Getz, injured on the kickoff of last year’s game at Iowa State, will remain on scholarship as he completes his academic work.
Q-C connections: Beyond starting snapper Casey Kreiter, a junior from Central DeWitt and true freshman offensive lineman Mitch Keppy of Riverdale, there are only a handful of Quad-City area players on the Hawkeyes’ roster this fall.
The group includes sophomore linebacker Palmer Foster of Davenport Assumption, sophomore defensive lineman Wil Rathjen of Durant and freshmen offensive linemen Matthew Moore of Bettendorf and Jalen Chambers of Bellevue.
Hot tickets: Iowa anticipates mailing roughly 59,000 season tickets to fans by Aug. 23. Tickets purchased to road games will be mailed approximately two weeks prior to that particular game.
Iowa does have a limited number of tickets remaining for home games against Northern Iowa, Central Michigan and Purdue but has sold out of its allotment of tickets for road games at Michigan State and Michigan.
Tickets do remain for the Hawkeyes’ Sept. 1 season opener at Soldier Field in Chicago, where an anticipated crowd of around 46,000 is expected.