1. Um, what? — It was in the middle of an interview and it was hot in the Iowa indoor facility Tuesday, so maybe tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz said something he shouldn’t have. Asked if the offense felt smoother during camp, “Yeah, I think so,” the senior said. “Every year we want to get a little bit better. We’ve added a couple of things to the offense that teams haven’t seen. So . . .” Wait, what are those? “I guess we’ll have to find out when the game comes,” Fiedorowicz said with a laugh. Dang, almost had him spill the beans. Read-option, probably, but Iowa has shown that. Veer option?
2. The “high hat”: — The read-option is a thing and it’s a big thing for Northern Illinois. When Iowa’s defenders spoke about what their keys might be, over and over they discusses how there really isn’t just one key. NIU runs and offense that can make a pass into a running play and vice versa on the keen read by QB Jordan Lynch. Here’s the view from defensive tackle Carl Davis’ perspective: “We are run-first, but once you see that guy and it’s a high hat, you know you need to start going,” said Davis, who’ll make his first career start today. “You need to work into a bullrush [pass rush] and go from there. We need to read run and then see the high hat and go.” The “high hat” is an offensive lineman in a clear pass blocking set.
3. How much Powell? — You saw junior college wide receiver Damond Powell light up Iowa’s second-team defense (for the most part it was the second team) in the scrimmage on Aug. 17. He caught four passes for 88 yards and caught a 29-yard TD. Powell runs like a rabbit. He’s not just fast, either, he has moves. No clue this week from coach Kirk Ferentz how Powell might be used. “We figured out he’s fast pretty quickly,” Ferentz said. “It’s like a lot of players, we’ll try to find roles for everybody and play to their strengths, do what they do best, and certainly we’ll do that with him, too.”
– Marc Morehouse
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