TEMPE, Ariz. — Jason White has been part of the great running back swindle all season.
He’s been listed as the No. 2, but he has never been the No. 2. Friday night against Oklahoma, he might be the No. 1 running back and yet not really.
On Wednesday, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz talked a lot about freshman running back Jordan Canzeri and also mentioned freshman Damon Bullock and fullback Brad Rogers. Freshman De’Andre Johnson has been banged up, but should play.
“I’ve just been told that everybody has got to work for a job now,” White said. “It’s just about when you get the ball, can you make something happen with it.”
White said the repetitions in practice this week were evenly distributed.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said at least the position might be tough for Oklahoma to scout.
“Right now, Oklahoma is trying to find Canzeri on film,” he said. “They’ve been working on that on for weeks. There is evidence that Coker can do it and had done it, but I didn’t want to dwell on last year [against Missouri in the Insight Bowl]. If he had broken his shoelace or sprained his ankle, we were in deep trouble. We had nobody behind him. We have more depth, less proven depth if that makes any sense.
“The guys practice well and that’s why you play college football. It’s a chance to get out on the field and do what you can do. They have great attitudes, and I think they will do really well.”
White knows he’s been the “sort of” No. 2 running back this season. His description of the depth chart is absolutely fantastic.
“The depth chart, I don’t know what it means,” said White, who has three carries for 12 yards this season. “I guess it’s an unofficial record of what’s supposed to happen.”
“An unofficial record of what’s supposed to happen,” that’s fantastic.
– Defensive tackle Mike Daniels has been selected to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 28. This is a huge deal. The Senior Bowl is coached by NFL staffs. It’s not a bowl that simply hands out goodie bags. This likely means Daniels is a solid NFL prospect.
– Ferentz isn’t concerned if the search for a new defensive coordinator and defensive line coach costs him a recruit or two in January.
“These are big things,” he said. “When you hire assistant coaches, I think it is as big a thing you do as head coach. I think it is more important to get the right person if it costs us a recruit or two recruits, we will make up for that next year.”
– Iowa’s special teams have been inconsistent the last couple of seasons. Asked if there could be changes to special teams approach, Ferentz said he doesn’t believe it’s a schematic problem but more injuries and depth.
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