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IOWA CITY — C.J. Beathard believes he belongs.

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Iowa added a running back to its 2018 football recruiting class on Sunday, gaining a verbal commitment from Wisconsin prep Henry Geil.

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IOWA CITY — Flip a coin.

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For someone who played in only 34 basketball games at the high school level, none since 2015, we sure get asked a lot of questions about Jerry Myles.

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IOWA CITY — Jake Gervase doesn’t believe he won a starting job in the Iowa secondary Friday night.

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Ferentz saw expected struggles

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In the past few days there have been some recent developments that may have an effect on where some players get drafted. Thursday, Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster admitted that he tested positive for a diluted sample at the Combine. What the diluted sample means is that the player could have been trying to make sure that he didn’t test positive. In the NFL, a diluted sample is equivalent to having a full blown positive test.

What does this mean? Once Foster signs a contract with a team, he will automatically be in the substance abuse program. This means that he will be tested up to 10 times per month for the next few years. If he tests positive again, he could face a suspension.

That fact alone could have a huge effect on where Foster gets drafted. No team wants to waste a high pick on a player who already has a strike against him. In the next week. Teams will be doing more research on Foster to make sure they know everything they can about him off the field. After having a problem at the hospital while he was at the Combine and being sent home because of it, this was the last thing Foster needed.

A few days ago he was looked at as a possible top-10 selection. I doubt that now happens and it wouldn’t shock me if he slides right out of the first round. There just have been too many red flags associated with this player in the last few months.

Another story that could have an impact on the top 10 of the draft is it has been reported that LSU running back Leonard Fournette may need ankle surgery. He has “loose” ankles which means he is prone to ankle sprains because of that looseness. During the 2016 college season, Fournette missed significant time with ankle issues, now that the reason why is known, it may or may not have an effect on where he gets drafted.

Fournette could easily have a procedure done to fix the problem, but the rehab time could cause him to miss training camp and maybe the start of the regular season. If the problem isn’t fixed, he could end up missing time during the 2017 season just like he did last year.

The medical staffs of the teams interested in Fournette will be relied upon to give accurate information. The opinions of those medical staffs can and will have an effect on his draft status. While the first club that has an interest may say they will draft him regardless and take a chance, we really won’t know for sure until next Thursday night.

My belief is that it won’t harm Fournette that much. I would bet he will still go in the top half of the first round, but he may not be the first running back selected.

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My immediate reaction after the NFL released the Bears 2017 regular season schedule was, 'wow, what exactly did they do to deserve this?'

First, my annual reminder that calculating the difficulty of any schedule in April is mere folly with the knowledge that in the NFL teams go from worst to first and vice versa as often as some folks change their underwear.

But that said, the murder’s row the schedule-makers have gifted the Bears with this September will tell us very quickly exactly what the likelihood is the Bears can be significantly improved this season.

Opening at home against the Falcons, traveling to Tampa Bay and then coming back home to face the Steelers, all at noon on Sunday, and then going to Green Bay on Thursday night, the Bears will almost certainly be a touchdown or more underdog in each of their first four games.

The Bears could be much improved and still go 0-4, effectively ending their season before it really gets going.

The good news is, the only 2016 playoff teams the Bears will see the rest of the way will be a rematch with the Pack at home November 12, and their two games against Detroit, and there is no week a team would rather have its bye than Week Nine — right smack dab in the middle of the season — and the Bears have drawn that straw this year.

The second quarter of the season is no walk in the park but does offer a lot more hope, with Week Five and Week Seven home games against Minnesota and Carolina, and Week Six and Week Eight trips to Baltimore and New Orleans.

A 4-4 start is not out of the realm of possibilities, but 1-7 or 2-6 may seem more likely.

The Bears are set up for a strong second half facing clubs with a combined 52-75-1 record last year, and their rematch with the Packers and two meetings with the Lions will offer the only ’16 opponents with winning records.

They also get a break not traveling after their 10/29 game in New Orleans for almost a month, with the home rematch with Green Bay and the first Lions game at home before they go to Philadelphia on November 26.

The following Sunday, the Bears will get a visit from the 49ers exactly 364 days after the last time they came to town, when the Bears played their best game of 2016, a 26-6 win.

The last quarter of the season will send the Bears back on the road quite a bit, as they travel to Cincinnati and Detroit, host the Browns on Christmas Eve and then finish in Minnesota for the second season in a row.

It should surprise no one after a 3-13 campaign that the Bears will work in prime time just three times – the Thursday night in Green Bay, at home on Monday night vs. the Vikings and a 3:30 Saturday start in that second Lions game.

With all that as the particulars, we can offer a best guess as to what it all means.

The only teams on the schedule worse than the Bears last year were Cleveland and San Francisco, and both appear unlikely to leapfrog the Bears this year.

I actually expect the Bears to be much improved in 2017, but with the Draft still a week off you’re going to have to give me a few months to build my defense of that claim.

Beyond that, it’s reasonable to assume the Falcons, Steelers and Packers are playoff teams again, and the Bucs and Ravens look ready to make another run.

The Panthers and Eagles look likely to be improved, while the Vikings, Saints, Lions and Bengals don’t feel all that scary.

This will change a number of times over the next four months as the Bears 13 opponents evolve along with them, but for now 7-9 seems possible.

Can you find the seven wins, or am I just swimming in Kool-Aid?

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(x-Subject to change)

WEEK 1

Thursday, Sept. 7

Kansas City Chiefs at New England, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, Sept. 10

New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Atlanta at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Tampa Bay at Miami, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oakland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Indianapolis at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Seattle at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Carolina at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

New York Giants at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Sept. 11

New Orleans at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 10:20 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 2

Thursday, Sept. 14

Houston at Cincinnati, 8:25 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, Sept. 17

Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Buffalo at Carolina, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Arizona at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Philadelphia at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (FOX)

New England at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Chicago at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Miami at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

New York Jets at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Dallas at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Washington at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Green Bay at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Sept. 18

Detroit at New York Giants, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 3

Thursday, Sept. 21

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, Sept. 24

Baltimore vs. Jacksonville at London, 9:30 a.m. (TBD)

Denver at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Pittsburgh at Chicago, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Atlanta at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Cleveland at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Houston at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Miami at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

New York Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Seattle at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Cincinnati at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Oakland at Washington, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Sept. 25

Dallas at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 4

Thursday, Sept. 28

Chicago at Green Bay, 8:25 p.m. (CBS/NFLN/Amazon)

Sunday, Oct. 1

New Orleans vs. Miami at London, 9:30 a.m. (FOX)

Buffalo at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Carolina at New England, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

San Francisco at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Philadelphia at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Indianapolis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Oct. 2

Washington at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 5

Byes: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington

Thursday, Oct. 5

New England at Tampa Bay, 8:25 p.m. (CBS/NFLN/Amazon)

Sunday, Oct. 8

Buffalo at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)

San Francisco at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

x-Kansas City at Houston, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Oct. 9

Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 6

Byes: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Seattle

Thursday, Oct. 12

Philadelphia at Carolina, 8:25 p.m. (CBS/NFLN/Amazon)

Sunday, Oct. 15

Miami at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)

New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

x-New York Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Oct. 16

Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 7

Byes: Detroit, Houston

Thursday, Oct. 19

Kansas City at Oakland, 8:25 p.m. (CBS/NFLN/Amazon)

Sunday, Oct. 22

Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Carolina at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

New Orleans at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Arizona vs. Los Angeles Rams at London, 1 p.m. (FOX)

New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Baltimore at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dallas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Seattle at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

x-Atlanta at New England, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Oct. 23

Washington at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 8

Byes: Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Tennessee

Thursday, Oct. 26

Miami at Baltimore, 8:25 p.m. (CBS/NFLN/Amazon)

Sunday, Oct. 29

Minnesota vs. Cleveland at London, 9:30 a.m. (NFLN)

Oakland at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Los Angeles Chargers at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Chicago at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Atlanta at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (FOX)

San Francisco at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Houston at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Dallas at Washington, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

x-Pittsburgh at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Oct. 30

Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 9

Byes: Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England, Pittsburgh

Thursday, Nov. 2

Buffalo at New York Jets, 8:25 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, Nov. 5

Atlanta at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Denver at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Baltimore at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Arizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Washington at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Kansas City at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

x-Oakland at Miami, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Nov. 6

Detroit at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 10

Byes: Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland, Philadelphia

Thursday, Nov. 9

Seattle at Arizona, 8:25 p.m. (NBC/NFLN/Amazon)

Sunday, Nov. 12

New Orleans at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Cleveland at Detroit, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)

New York Jets at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Cincinnati at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Minnesota at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Houston at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Dallas at Atlanta, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

New York Giants at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

x-New England at Denver, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Nov. 13

Miami at Carolina, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 11

Byes: Carolina, Indianapolis, Miami, New York Jets, San Francisco, Tampa Bay

Thursday, Nov. 16

Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 8:25 p.m. (NBC/NFLN/Amazon)

Sunday, Nov. 19

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Jacksonville at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Baltimore at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Arizona at Houston, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Washington at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Kansas City at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Buffalo at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Cincinnati at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

New England vs. Oakland at Mexico City, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

x-Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Nov. 20

Atlanta at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 12

Thursday, Nov. 23

Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. (FOX)

Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)

New York Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, Nov. 26

Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Buffalo at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Miami at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Carolina at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)

New Orleans at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Seattle at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Jacksonville at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

x-Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Nov. 27

Houston at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 13

Thursday, Nov. 30

Washington at Dallas, 8:25 p.m. (NBC/NFLN/Amazon)

Sunday, Dec. 3

Minnesota at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Detroit at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (FOX)

New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

San Francisco at Chicago, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Tampa Bay at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Denver at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Kansas City at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Cleveland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

New York Giants at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

x-Philadelphia at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Dec. 4

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 14

Thursday, Dec. 7

New Orleans at Atlanta, 8:25 p.m. (NBC/NFLN/Amazon)

Sunday, Dec. 10

Indianapolis at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Minnesota at Carolina, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Chicago at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Green Bay at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (FOX)

San Francisco at Houston, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Seattle at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Tennessee at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

New York Jets at Denver, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Washington at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Dallas at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

x-Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Dec. 11

New England at Miami, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 15

Thursday, Dec. 14

Denver at Indianapolis, 8:25 p.m. (NBC/NFLN/Amazon)

Saturday, Dec. 16

Chicago at Detroit, 4:30 p.m. (NFLN)

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 8:25 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, Dec. 17

Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Green Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Cincinnati at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (CBS)

New York Jets at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Philadelphia at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Arizona at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

New England at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Tennessee at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

x-Dallas at Oakland, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Dec. 18

Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 16

Saturday, Dec. 23

Indianapolis at Baltimore, 4:30 p.m. (NFLN)

Minnesota at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, Dec. 24

Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Cleveland at Chicago, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Detroit at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Miami at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Los Angeles Chargers at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Los Angeles Rams at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Denver at Washington, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Jacksonville at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

New York Giants at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Seattle at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Monday, Dec. 25

Pittsburgh at Houston, 4:30 p.m. (NBC/NFLN/Amazon)

Oakland at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 17

Sunday, Dec. 31

Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Washington at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dallas at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)

New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Kansas City at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

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IOWA CITY — Cedrick Lattimore has grown his body and as Iowa prepares for today’s 7 p.m. spring game at Kinnick Stadium, the sophomore defensi…