IOWA CITY - Kevonte Martin-Manley is moving on.
After a record-setting performance that led to mentions on sports pages from coast to coast and lit up his cellphone like a Christmas tree, the Hawkeye junior realizes that it is time to get back to work.
With the start of Big Ten play five days away, Martin-Manley planned to join his teammates on the practice field this afternoon to begin working toward Saturday's 2:30 p.m. game at Minnesota.
"You have to do that in this game," Martin-Manley said. "If you don't it will come back to bite you."
Martin-Manley said his punt returns of 83 and 63 yards in the second quarter of Iowa's 59-3 rout of Western Michigan led to more than 50 text messages from family and friends.
"It was pretty crazy, like nothing I've dealt with before, but that's over now,"
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Martin-Manley said it is important for Iowa to realize that now as a team as well, something coach Kirk Ferentz stressed as well at his weekly news conference.
"This week will be a new experience for a lot of our guys just as moving from practices to the first game was," Ferentz said. "The hope is what they learn now will benefit them in another year."
Ferentz said Iowa remains in generally good health.