Iowa notes: True freshman already making an impact

Also: Lomax questionable again

Published: September 10 2013 | 5:21 pm - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 8:16 pm in
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IOWA CITY — Iowa has played three true freshmen thus far and it’s possible a few more could get on the playing field this season, Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said.

“Possibly one, possibly two,” Ferentz said. “I haven’t ruled it out.”

Each of the three have made an impact. Cornerback Desmond King started against Missouri State, recorded three tackles and recovered a fumble. Running back LeShun Daniels ran the ball six times for 30 yards, and wide receiver Matt VandeBerg caught two passes for 17 yards.

Iowa starting running back Mark Weisman is impressed with Daniels’ skill and power.

“LeShun is very good,” Weisman said. “He’s a beast out there, he’s a monster. He’s fast. Makes guys miss and run them over with ease.”

VandeBerg earned a late scholarship and jumped past five other scholarship true freshman receivers.

“He’s practiced well,” Ferentz said. “He’s not the biggest guy in the world, you probably noticed that. But he’ll grow as we go along. He’s really practiced well and made some good catches. He tries to block, and he does what he’s supposed to do. So he’s really picked things up quickly.”

Holiday note

Saturday’s game falls on Yom Kippur, which is one of Judaism’s High Holy days. Weisman, who is Jewish, said he will not conduct the traditional 25-hour fasting that begins at sundown Friday and concludes at dusk on Saturday. Weisman will play against Iowa State.

“I’m fully committed to this team, coaches, players, this university,” he said.

Weisman was named to the Jewish Sports Review 2012 All-America team last year. Last week he became the 42nd player in Iowa history to eclipse the 1,000-yard career rushing mark.

Injury update

Iowa cornerback Jordan Lomax is questionable to miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury he suffered in the opener against Northern Illinois.

“He’s scheduled to practice some today,” Ferentz said. “Not the entire practice, but scheduled to go some. Kind of leveled off last week, which we were hoping to see improvement, and there really wasn’t any until like Thursday.”

Cornerback Maurice Flemming (undisclosed injury) has a chance to play, Ferentz said. Running back Mike Malloy, who Ferentz previously said was withheld because of a “medical issue,” appears to remain out.

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