IOWA CITY — Freshman defensive tackle Darian Cooper isn’t in camp, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Friday.
Cooper, a 6-foot-2, 280-pounder from Elkridge, Md., is back in Maryland because of “a complication,” Ferentz said when asked if the issue dealt with academics. Cooper, a highly regarded recruit, could compete for time in a defensive line rotation this season.
“We expect him here, I think we’re looking at mid-week next week,” Ferentz said. “He’ll be a couple days behind. He’ll have to go in shorts, but we’ll already be in pads by then. We’ll probably get him going by the end of next week.”
Sophomore offensive lineman Nolan MacMillan isn’t practicing while struggling with a sports hernia. The 6-6, 288-pounder is expected to contend for a guard position.
“He’s still working through it,” Ferentz said. “There’s so much gray area with those. Nobody’s more frustrated than Nolan is.”
Senior defensive end Lebron Daniel and sophomore linebacker Dakota Getz are practicing, but won’t do any hitting when the Hawkeyes get to that portion of fall camp. Friday was the first day of practice. It was helmets, shells and shorts.
Fullback Brad Rogers continues to participate in supervised workouts at the UIHC. He failed a cardiac test during bowl practice last December and has been held out since. The outlook remains positive, but he isn’t practicing with the team.
Rogers, the probable starter at fullback if healthy, feels optimistic on a return, saying he will be back. He needs to pass some tests and is targeting the next couple weeks.
“It was scary because it was a heart condition,” Rogers said. “You think it’s serious at first, but after I got a handle on what it was, I calmed down.”
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