The picture is the north end zone at Kinnick on Tuesday afternoon. Someone on Twitter asked if the walkway at the top would still be open. From the looks of it, no, but I can't answer that definitively. It's a good question. I've heard from a few of you who like to watch games or enjoy the openness up there. It looks a little more cramped now.
Quick update type stuff: On LB Dalton Shaull, who suffered injuries during a moped accident earlier this month: Doing better, orthopedic issues right now. Miracle, everyone feels fortunate. On RB Barkley Hill, who's recovering from a torn ACL: He's fine now. All the soreness is out of his knee (ACL). Opportunity for depth. Redshirt frosh Michael Malloy will be on scholarship in the fall.
Punter Jonny Mullings is no longer with the team. He remains in school.
Contact with QBs: Not a top issue because it'll be decided in August. Plus, NCAA rules prohibit coaching-type contact before camp begins in August. "To me, it's all going to get decided in August. . . . It'll get decided during the course of camp."
KF likes DT Jaleel Johnson, DE Faith Ekakitie. KF says more experience on the DL and it should be better. "Certainly, more productivity will help us there."
WR Damond Powell hasn't reported. It's a concern, KF said, as far as physical condition.
KF reports that TE coach DJ Hernandez is fine and hasn't asked for time off. His brother is New England TE Aaron Hernandez, who's name is in the news in the Boston area.
Weisman talks about the road in front of him. He's totally in the mindset that he has a chance to be a 20-carry back for the Hawkeyes. His mindset is that "everyone is out to outwork" him. He also praised the O-line. He also thoroughly enjoyed the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship (makes two of us).
I asked if his early success last year led him to think that this was going to be easy.
Weisman isn't a kid who's worried about injury.
Asked if he's seen growth in the passing game, he said it's hard to tell in shorts. Consistency is key. "We weren't consistent with anything."
Van Sloten came to Iowa a 257-pound OL. He learned tough lessons against some big boys (Adrian Clayborn). Now, he's 300 pounds and a senior right tackle. He didn't say, though, if he's the one who's handing out the lessons now. (He said I had to ask the younger guys.)
The 7 on 7s started last week, but really picks up tomorrow, CB B.J. Lowery said. The trash talk is at a level you'd think it'd be.
Lowery talks about the time 315-pound DT Carl Davis fell on him.
Lowery likes the sophomore DBs, Sean Draper, Jordan Lomax, Reese Fleming.
Morris' summer job sounds kind of awful. Listen for the details.
I asked about pass rush and whether or not Morris could have a role in that.
I asked Kirksey about pass rush, too. Sure, he'd love to rush the QB, who wouldn't. He also knows it's just not that easy.