IOWA CITY -- Smart growth is the objective of the Iowa football team this week.
In the midst of the second bye week on their schedule, the Hawkeyes returned to the practice field this afternoon for the first of two workouts this week.
Coach Kirk Ferentz said the developmental work taking place this week won't involve any live tackling.
"We need to be smart about it," he said. "We can still get a lot of hard work in, a lot like we do in bowl preparation."
Ferentz expects progress as well.
He sees room for growth, particularly on the offensive side of the ball from the Hawkeyes' 6-4 team.
"At times, we've been doing some things really well. At times, we have room to improve," Ferentz said. "I do know that if we're going to have a chance in our last two (Big Ten) games, we've got to pull it all together."
The Hawkeyes will be given Friday and Saturday off before turning their attention to their Nov. 23 Kinnick finale against Michigan.
Ferentz said the bye week will give players a chance to heal.
He said one unnamed Hawkeye who was injured last week would be doubtful if Iowa had to play this week.
"We think he should be good to go by Sunday," Ferentz said.