This is Iowa's first week of summer workouts. The players and coaches have come up with the leadership group.
Five seniors are on the list. The redshirt freshmen are QB C.J. Beathard and OL Ryan Ward. I'm not sure it's a harbinger for Ward or not. I do think he could be a candidate to start inside this season, riding the Bulaga-Reiff track to left tackle. Don't read too much into Beathard. Jake Rudock also is on the group.
This group does have a voice when it comes to certain items. As far as I know, it doesn't when it comes to matters of off-field incidents and that sort of thing. That's the code of conduct and whatever Kirk Ferentz decides to do.
Here's the release from Iowa:
IOWA NAMES FOOTBALL LEADERSHIP GROUP
IOWA CITY, IOWA - - Fifteen University of Iowa football players have been named to the team’s 2013 Leadership Group. Head coach Kirk Ferentz announced the group Wednesday.
The group for the upcoming year includes six seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and two redshirt freshmen. A member of the 2013 incoming freshman class will be added in the fall. The purpose of the group is to help formulate policies and enter into team decision-making matters regarding the upcoming season. Players are selected by a team vote.
“This is an outstanding group of players that will represent their teammates well,” said Ferentz. “I look forward to visiting with this group in the weeks ahead, as well as during the season.”
The six seniors are LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Christian Kirksey, LS Casey Kreiter, DB B.J. Lowery, LB James Morris and OL Brett Van Sloten. The juniors include WR Kevonte Martin-Manley, OL Brandon Scherff and RB Mark Weisman. The sophomore class is represented by OL Austin Blythe, DB Jordan Lomax, DL Drew Ott and QB Jake Rudock. The redshirt freshmen are QB C.J. Beathard and OL Ryan Ward.
The 2013 Hawkeye Leadership Group includes:
C.J. Beathard QB Redshirt Freshman Franklin, Tenn.
Austin Blythe OL Sophomore Williamsburg, Iowa
Anthony Hitchens LB Senior Lorain, Ohio
Christian Kirksey LB Senior St. Louis, Mo.
Casey Kreiter LS Senior DeWitt, Iowa
Jordan Lomax DB Sophomore Upper Marlboro, Md.
B.J. Lowery DB Senior Cincinnati, Ohio
Kevonte Martin-Manley WR Junior Pontiac, Mich.
James Morris LB Senior Solon, Iowa
Drew Ott DL Sophomore Giltner, Neb.
Jake Rudock QB Sophomore Weston, Fla.
Brandon Scherff OL Junior Denison, Iowa
Brett Van Sloten OL Senior Decorah, Iowa
Ryan Ward OL Redshirt Freshman Homer Glen, Ill.Mark Weisman RB Junior Buffalo Grove, Ill