Pinstripe Bowl Football

Iowa right tackle Sean Welsh holds up the trophy as confetti falls after Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, right, presented it to him and other players at the conclusion of the Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday in New York. Iowa defeated Boston College 27-20.

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Beyond recruits, quarterback depth, running back possibilities, NFL dreams and spring game plans were among a potpourri of topics Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz talked about Wednesday.

All that and more are part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10, your home for all-things Iowa.

Here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:

1. Iowa will hit the practice field with just three scholarship quarterbacks this spring.

Coach Kirk Ferentz considers that a workable number, given that one of them is returning starter Nate Stanley.

The Iowa coach said he wasn’t overly surprised with the decisions of Tyler Wiegers and Ryan Boyle to leave the program and pursue graduate transfer opportunities.

“Quarterback is such a unique position,’’ Ferentz said. “We’ve had a couple of guys transfer out of here the last three years (Cody Sokol and Jake Rudock) that went on to their respective schools and did a great job.’’

Ferentz said he expects the same of Wiegers, who has transferred to Eastern Michigan, and Boyle, who announced his plans to leave last week.

“Ryan is a tremendous young man, he’s worked extremely hard, he’s a good football player, but there is only one seat, one guy who can drive the car. I’m not saying it’s impossible but Nate Stanley has a good head start on everybody,’’ Ferentz said.

Boyle approached Iowa coaches expressing his desire to leave, wanting to see more playing time as a quarterback.

Ferentz said Iowa coaches will work to assist Boyle in finding him a spot in another program where he can contribute.

2. In addition to signing 22 recruits, Iowa also announced that 18 players have committed to walk on to the Hawkeye program.

Coach Kirk Ferentz said one of the reasons Iowa has chosen to grow its walk-on program is to create additional competition for playing time within the roster.

“You’ve got to have numbers,’’ he said. “It’s good for all of us to feel a little push. If you’ve got other guys competing, the better off you are for sure.’’

3. Five Hawkeyes — cornerback Josh Jackson, running back Akrum Wadley, linebacker Josey Jewell and offensive linemen James Daniels and Sean Welsh — have been invited to participate in the NFL Combine which begins later this month in Indianapolis.

“All of those guys had different paths to get there, but the common bond is that they worked extremely hard and persevered through the tough times that may have confronted them,’’ coach Kirk Ferentz said. “They all had a strong desire to excel and these guys obviously excelled.’’

4. Iowa was finally able to announce the signings of two Indianapolis defensive backs on Wednesday.

Julius Brents and D.J. Johnson actually signed letters of intent during the December period, but requested that Iowa wait until now to announce the signings so the pair could share the event with other high school teammates.

Coach Kirk Ferentz agreed to the request and he believes the wait is worth it.

“Very impressive, both of them,’’ Ferentz said. “Kelvin (Bell, Iowa’s recruiting coordinator) has done a nice job in Indianapolis. I was surprised just how good the programs are there. It’s kind of like basketball in Indiana, they have really good high school programs, good people, good coaches coaching those players.’’

Iowa coaches took a close look at both players in camps in Iowa City last summer, something which benefited both.

Ferentz said Iowa coaches like the versatility and growth potential they see in Brents and said it took no time for coaches to see the skill that Johnson offers.

5. Henry Geil is the only running back in Iowa’s recruiting class, but coach Kirk Ferentz said two other players currently listed as receivers could get a look in the backfield as well.

He said Tyrone Tracy and Samson Evans, who thrived rushing the football as a triple option quarterback at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois, could get a look at running back.

“They both have the ability to run the football,’’ Ferentz said. “We’ll figure all that stuff out this summer, but I think we have some guys in the class, if we didn’t feel that way, we probably would have looked at taking another back. We considered that, but we felt we had the right guys.’’

6. Of the 22 recruits Iowa has given scholarships to in this year’s class, 13 play on the defensive side of the ball.

The group includes five defensive backs, four defensive linemen and four linebackers.

On offense, Iowa signed four wide receivers, three linemen, one running back and one quarterback in this year’s class.

7. Iowa’s walk-on class includes Blair Brooks, an all-state wide receiver from Marion High School, the grandson of legendary Iowa broadcaster Bob Brooks and the son of current Hawkeye radio sideline reporter Rob Brooks.

Coach Kirk Ferentz praised the potential of the multi-sport standout who also hopes to compete in track at Iowa.

“That’s a plus,’’ Ferentz said, referencing the family ties. “That part of it is neat.’’

8. The recruiting class Iowa signed this year starts close to home.

The Hawkeyes signed four in-state players as well as four from Wisconsin.

Iowa’s recruiting class includes three players from both Illinois and Indiana, the only other states where the Hawkeyes signed more than one prospect.

Iowa signed one player apiece California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania and South Dakota.

9. Iowa players are currently in a couple of weeks into offseason conditioning work, the start of the 2018 season.

The first of the Hawkeyes’ 15 spring practice sessions is currently scheduled for Wednesday, March 21.

10. Planning ahead?

Iowa’s public spring game at Kinnick Stadium will be under the lights again this year.

The Hawkeyes will take the field for their final spring practice on Friday, April 20.

The starting time has not yet been determined.

Beyond recruits, quarterback depth, running back possibilities, NFL dreams and spring game plans were among a potpourri of topics Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz talked about Wednesday.

All that and more are part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10, your home for all-things Iowa.

Here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:

 

1. Iowa will hit the practice field with just three scholarship quarterbacks this spring.

Coach Kirk Ferentz considers that a workable number, given that one of them is returning starter Nate Stanley.

The Iowa coach said he wasn’t overly surprised with the decisions of Tyler Wiegers and Ryan Boyle to leave the program and pursue graduate transfer opportunities.

“Quarterback is such a unique position,’’ Ferentz said. “We’ve had a couple of guys transfer out of here the last three years (Cody Sokol and Jake Rudock) that went on to their respective schools and did a great job.’’

Ferentz said he expects the same of Wiegers, who has transferred to Eastern Michigan, and Boyle, who announced his plans to leave last week.

“Ryan is a tremendous young man, he’s worked extremely hard, he’s a good football player, but there is only one seat, one guy who can drive the car. I’m not saying it’s impossible but Nate Stanley has a good head start on everybody,’’ Ferentz said.

Boyle approached Iowa coaches expressing his desire to leave, wanting to see more playing time as a quarterback.

Ferentz said Iowa coaches will work to assist Boyle in finding him a spot in another program where he can contribute.

 

2. In addition to signing 22 recruits, Iowa also announced that 18 players have committed to walk on to the Hawkeye program.

Coach Kirk Ferentz said one of the reasons Iowa has chosen to grow its walk-on program is to create additional competition for playing time within the roster.

“You’ve got to have numbers,’’ he said. “It’s good for all of us to feel a little push. If you’ve got other guys competing, the better off you are for sure.’’

 

3. Five Hawkeyes – cornerback Josh Jackson, running back Akrum Wadley, linebacker Josey Jewell and offensive linemen James Daniels and Sean Welsh – have been invited to participate in the NFL Combine which begins later this month in Indianapolis.

“All of those guys had different paths to get there, but the common bond is that they worked extremely hard  and persevered through the tough times that may have confronted them,’’ coach Kirk Ferentz said. “They all had a strong desire to excel and these guys obviously excelled.’’

 

4. Iowa was finally able to announce the signings of two Indianapolis defensive backs on Wednesday.

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Julius Brents and D.J. Johnson actually signed letters of intent during the December period, but requested that Iowa wait until now to announce the signings so the pair could share the event with other high school teammates.

Coach Kirk Ferentz agreed to the request and he believes the wait is worth it.

“Very impressive, both of them,’’ Ferentz said. “Kelvin (Bell, Iowa’s recruiting coordinator) has done a nice job in Indianapolis. I was surprised just how good the programs are there. It’s kind of like basketball in Indiana, they have really good high school programs, good people, good coaches coaching those players.’’

Iowa coaches took a close look at both players in camps in Iowa City last summer, something which benefited both.

Ferentz said Iowa coaches like the versatility and growth potential they see in Brents and said it took no time for coaches to see the skill that Johnson offers.

 

5. Henry Geil is the only running back in Iowa’s recruiting class, but coach Kirk Ferentz said two other players currently listed as receivers could get a look in the backfield as well.

He said Tyrone Tracy and Samson Evans, who thrived rushing the football as a triple option quarterback at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois, could get a look at running back.

“They both have the ability to run the football,’’ Ferentz said. “We’ll figure all that stuff out this summer, but I think we have some guys in the class, if we didn’t feel that way, we probably would have looked at taking another back. We considered that, but we felt we had the right guys.’’

 

6. Of the 22 recruits Iowa has given scholarships to in this year’s class, 13 play on the defensive side of the ball.

The group includes five defensive backs, four defensive linemen and four linebackers.

On offense, Iowa signed four wide receivers, three linemen, one running back and one quarterback in this year’s class.

 

7. Iowa’s walk-on class includes Blair Brooks, an all-state wide receiver from Marion High School, the grandson of legendary Iowa broadcaster Bob Brooks and the son of current Hawkeye radio sideline reporter Rob Brooks.

Coach Kirk Ferentz praised the potential of the multi-sport standout who also hopes to compete in track at Iowa.

“That’s a plus,’’ Ferentz said, referencing the family ties. “That part of it is neat.’’

 

8. The recruiting class Iowa signed this year starts close to home.

The Hawkeyes signed four in-state players as well as four from Wisconsin.

Iowa’s recruiting class includes three players from both Illinois and Indiana, the only other states where the Hawkeyes signed more than one prospect.

Iowa signed one player apiece California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania and South Dakota.

 

9. Iowa players are currently in a couple of weeks into offseason conditioning work, the start of the 2018 season.

The first of the Hawkeyes’ 15 spring practice sessions is currently scheduled for Wednesday, March 21.

 

10. Planning ahead?

Iowa’s public spring game at Kinnick Stadium will be under the lights again this year.

The Hawkeyes will take the field for their final spring practice on Friday, April 20.

The starting time has not yet been determined.

 

 

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