Here we go (how many times have I typed that here this week?).
-- UI radio voice Gary Dolphin says WR Don Shumpert has had a great camp. He is No. 1 on the depth chart.
-- Kirk Ferentz on RB distribution (let's see if this is different from Tuesday): Comfortable with four guys (Weisman, Bullock, Canzeri and Daniels). They contrast, and that's good. KF wants to space things out and keep them healthy. Bullock's versatility is a plus. "We're in a better situation than we were a year ago."
On Daniels: "We'll play him on special teams. We had guys miss time during camp. We're not ready to anoint him an all-Big Ten player, but from what we've seen, he'll do well back there."
-- Q: Will defense improve?
Ferentz said the youth showed last year. Big plays killed. "Can't play good defense if you do that." Still young on DL, but moving forward. "I'm confident we'll be a better defensive football team."
On Carl Davis: "He's doing it on a consistent basis."
Cooper is the third DT. Faith and Jaleel will be in there (maybe).
-- I received this from Iowa sports info today. This is an explainer for the media on what officials are looking for in the new rules for targeting, which, as you know, will result in ejection if called.
This makes it clear, kind of.
-- Ferentz again refers to NIU OL as a "Big Ten line."
-- NIU RB Akeem Daniels is out. He'll be replaced by Cameron Stingily (6-1, 244, with just one carry in '12).
-- White jersey question. Ferentz said he doesn't believe it's that big of a deal. "When we're in Kinnick, we should be in black. I love our uniforms, but I'm biased." He didn't close the door, but I don't see it. He really does dig the unis and why not? I believe they're one of the best in the country (I'm not biased, I believe they are distinctive).
-- On second year of Greg Davis, changes: He had to be around players and learn what they could do. "Greg is a tremendous football coach. You wouldn't know that by looking at our stats last year, but it's true."
-- Q: What do you like about Rudock? Began in recruiting process. KF mentions baseball, demeanor and control. JR visited in June. Spent two days in IC and two days "at another Big Ten school." Had the offer, but still competed at Iowa's camp. (The other Big Ten school was Wisconsin.) "It wasn't his job to lose, but he separated himself a little bit." Best thing Iowa can do: Block, catch the ball and "have a healthy running game."
Dolph says JR wants to be a pediatric cardiologist.
-- On CJ Beathard: Coaching change (Ole' Miss) and fell in Iowa's lap. "In the last 10-12 days, he's really started to gain some traction."
-- On Cody Sokol: "Cody's done well, too."
-- Tommy called. He wants to see "a little more variety." The Tommy parody account on Twitter just tweeted: "GIMME SUM WILDKAT."
-- Iowa is running the no huddle. Ferentz likes it because it challenges the defense. "When we have the football, we can dictate how much or how little. Still comes down to execution." Still up in the air. Can be different from week t0 week, too, he said.
Dolph says the offensive players like the no huddle. Ferentz says yes, but it has to fit with the defense. The defense has to keep up.
-- KF: Riley McCarron is in Iowa's top six receivers. You will see him on Saturday. On Barkley Hill: Has to get healthy for an extended period of time. Missed all spring and a lot of camp. On DE Riley McMinn: Missed some time with injury during camp. Had his best day of practice very recently. He'll play on Saturday.
-- KF hopes league officials don't get carried away with the targeting rule change. He said he hasn't sensed that it's been a problem in the Big Ten.
-- From the Big Ten, a release on enhanced replays in league stadiums (why wasn't the league already doing this?):
BIG TEN TO ENHANCE FOOTBALL GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE
Park Ridge, Ill. – Big Ten schools can now show an unlimited number of replays on football stadium videoboards, as recently approved by conference administrators. The enhanced replay program occurred as part of a broader discussion by the Big Ten Football Gameday Experience Subcommittee in an effort to supplement the in-stadium experience.
Previously, institutions were able to show one replay at no less than 75% of real time speed. The enhanced policy gives an institution the discretion to show multiple replays at any speed, similar to what is done for television audiences.
“Our goal on game day is to blend the best parts of an in-stadium experience with the best parts of an at-home experience,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “Enhanced replay is just one way to do that and we look forward to making it available to our fans this year.”
“This decision is another positive step forward as we strive to create remarkable experiences for our fans in these great stadiums where our teams play,” said Ohio State Director of Athletics Eugene Smith, the chair of the Big Ten Football Gameday Experience Subcommittee.
The subcommittee has encouraged each institution to explore the feasibility of adding full WiFi and Distributed Antenna System (DAS) coverage along with enhanced audio/video content (e.g., locker room video) that would be proprietary to stadium videoboards. The group also encouraged institutions to provide increased coverage of other Big Ten and NCAA games and to explore the possibility of creating lounge-style environments for fans to watch those games or to connect through social media. The subcommittee will continue to explore other possibilities for improving the in-stadium experience and fan suggestions can be sent to Kerry Kenny (email@example.com), the Big Ten liaison to the subcommittee.The 118th season of Big Ten football kicks off Thursday, August 29, and culminates with the third annual Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 7. The championship game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and televised by FOX. The winner of the title game will earn the Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in either the Rose Bowl Game or Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game.