Iowa players came out and talked on Wednesday afternoon, the first of two June media opportunities. The next one will be June 27.
The topics covered James Vandenberg’s bear, the bear that James Vandenberg shot and a bear that James Vandenberg shot in Canada.
There was more. Here are the vids with a short summary.
It looks as though junior Christian Kirksey is staying put at OLB for the next two seasons. He’s up to 227 now.
Junior kicker Mike Meyer feels much more confident about his role. He said the competition from Marshall Koehn and Trent Mossbrucker has made him better. He said 55 is his max range. He expects coaches to tell him to kick the ball out of the end zone with the rules changes on kickoffs this fall.
New OC Greg Davis has said sophomore Kevonte Martin-Manley will be used mostly in the slot. He’s totally good with that. Also, he was asked about his production last season. Said he couldn’t argue with the majority of passes going to Marvin McNutt, who now owns nearly every receiving record Iowa has.
Junior TE C.J. Fiedorowicz was asked about deeper routes going to the tight end and his speed to get those. Also, remember the concept of “getting big in the paint,” something OC Greg Davis talked about in the spring? CJF said that will be a favorite’d technique for him this fall.
Junior fullback Brad Rogers is asked about the viability of fullback. He said he talked to RB coach Lester Erb when new OC Greg Davis was hired. Iowa will very much use the fullback in this offense. Also, at this time last year, Rogers was sitting out with a heart ailment. He talked about how much this year is different.
Senior cornerback Micah Hyde talks about a leadership retreat in Cedar Rapids and about actually getting to know teammates. He also was asked about incoming freshman Greg Garmon, who was arrested for marijuana possession last week in Erie, Pa. The Iowa upperclassmen are eager to welcome him into the fold and show him the way.
We talked about the bear Iowa QB James Vandenberg pegged in northern Saskatchewan. It will be a rug. Former Iowa LB/Indianapolis Colt and close friend Pat Angerer sent a text questioning the size of the bear (350 pounds). Also, Vandenberg graded his knowledge of the new offense at about a 6 or 7 coming out of spring. He’s spent a lot of time with new OC Greg Davis and now feels it’s closer to an 8. He obviously wants it to be higher.