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Reiff will talk to Ferentz next week about NFL

[ 0 ] December 28, 2011 |

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Shonn Greene announced he was leaving Iowa after his junior year within minutes following the Hawkeyes’ victory against South Carolina in the 2008 Outback Bowl.

Don’t expect such a speedy announcement from offensive left tackle Riley Reiff.

“I’ll sit down with coach (Kirk) Ferentz maybe two days after the bowl game,” the 6-foot-6, 300-pound junior said Wednesday.

The Hawkeyes face Oklahoma in the Insight Bowl at 9<TH>p.m. Friday at Sun Devil Stadium, where Reiff will get his 34th straight — and maybe last — collegiate start.

“I’ll sit down with my family and see where it goes from there” Reiff said. “I really love the University of Iowa. I love everything about it, but at the end of the day, I have to make a decision what I think is best for my future.

“Whether that’s going to the NFL or staying back and working another year — whatever it is, that’ll be the right decision.”

Draft analysts predict Reiff to be a first-round selection.

“You see the projections,” Reiff said. “I don’t put much stock in that. I’m just worried about the next game.”

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Who starts at running back?

If Wednesday was an indication, it’s barely used Jason White.

“Being here (Wednesday) — there’s a little bit of confidence coach has in me, and I thank him for that,” the senior said.

Starters from both teams were supposed to attend Wednesday’s media session. Does that mean White replaces Marcus Coker?

“It means I’m getting asked questions,” White said. “I guess that’s a good thing.”

White has been listed as Coker’s backup on the depth chart throughout the season, but has just three carries and 12 yards.

“The depth chart — I don’t know what it means,” White said. “I guess it’s an unofficial record of what’s supposed to happen.”

White, Brad Rogers, De’Andre Johnson, Jordan Canzeri and Damon Bullock could carry the ball Friday.

“Whoever can play is going to play,” coach Kirk Ferentz said. “The guys have practiced well.

“As long as we can get them out of the locker room … we’ll see what happens.”

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Athletic director Gary Barta confirmed Wednesday that a player had been sent home after the team arrived on Dec. 22. He would not identify the player.

“It wasn’t a legal issue,” Barta said. “It was a team issue.”

Ferentz was so annoyed after practice Monday when asked if a player had been sent home that he said:

“I passed gas out there about an hour into practice. Did you guys catch that on mic? I’ll see if I can muster one up for you right now.”

The clip went viral.

“I chuckled,” said Barta, who was not present when Ferentz made the comment. “Kirk does thousands and thousands of interviews.

“If he says something that’s a little sideways .. it didn’t do any damage to our program or his reputation, so I’m not worried about it.”

When asked about his comment Wednesday, Ferentz nearly went that off-color route again:

“It is very likely I (made the comment). I can’t remember exactly if I did or not.

“I don’t know if you guys caught wind of that. It’s possible.

“Everything is so scrutinized now, I think we’re getting close to being ridiculous. I understand that’s the world with all the media outlets now and what have you. It is silly talk and silly questions.”

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