On his radio show Wednesday night, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said freshman running back Mika’il McCall will play in Saturday’s game against Michigan.
Also, Ferentz said junior wide receiver Keenan Davis, who missed last week’s game after suffering a mild ankle sprain against Indiana, will play unless “something happens in the next 48 hours.”
McCall, a true freshman, hasn’t played since Iowa’s opener against Tennessee Tech, when he suffered a broken ankle nine carries into his career. He showed burst and looked to the solid No. 2 to sophomore Marcus Coker, but the ankle injury sent him to the bench until the last couple of weeks.
McCall returned to practice during Northwestern week on Oct. 15 and went through warmups. He did again the last two weeks, but hasn’t seen game action.
This week in practice, McCall has take all the No. 2 snaps. Iowa’s void at No. 2 running back was so dire that the 61 yards McCall gained in week 1 stood as No. 2 behind Coker until freshman running back De’Andre Johnson and quarterback James Vandenberg passed him six weeks later.
“Now he’s a couple weeks into it, so we will feel better,” Ferentz said of McCall on Tuesday.
Davis, who’s Iowa’s No. 2 receiver with 30 catches and four TDs, said Tuesday that it would’ve “been stupid for me to even try to play.”
“It would’ve gotten worse,” said Davis, who was in uniform and warmed up last week before a game-time decision was made. “It felt good running around on Saturday.”
Ferentz also said DT Tom Nardo (ankle) and LB Anthony Hitchens (knee) should play Saturday.