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Iowa football notebook: Offensive line, recruiting and injuries

[ 0 ] November 3, 2012 |

Bloomington, Ind. – It was relentless and brutal.

Indiana defensive tackles Adam Repologle and Larry Black were disrupting the Iowa offense, pushing around on sophomore guard Austin Blythe and junior guard Nolan MacMillan.

Repologle had two tackles for loss and seven tackles, and Black had a sack and two tackles for loss.

“It was a tough matchup for us a year ago,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “I thought it might be a little bit of an issue today, and it certainly proved to be.”

The defensive tackles were disruptive rushing up the middle on passing downs but really made life tough for sophomore running back Damon Bullock when he tried to run between the tackles.

“Those inside tackles played a hell of a game,” Bullock said. “They made my reads pretty tough to make.”

Both Repologle and Black are seniors and used their experience to their advantage. Indiana coach Kevin Wilson included Nick Sliger, another fifth-year senior, when he praised the group.

“I have a lot of respect for Iowa’s offensive line,” Wilson said. “I expected them to come in today and try to shove it down us, cram the run game like they do.

“For our kids to rise up and hang in there was pretty strong.”

Ferentz said it helped last year to have Matt Tobin and Adam Gettis, a pair of experienced players, to counter the Indiana D-tackles.

Tobin is playing left tackle and MacMillan is in at left guard because of injuries on the Iowa o-line.

“I thought I did all right,” Blythe said. “I still need to get a lot better. It is just something that comes with being young. No excuse for anything.

“They just played at a very high level. Their effort was very high.”

RECRUITING UNCERTAINTY: Recruiting is a fluid situation until a player signs a national letter of intent.

The Iowa coaches were reminded of that last month when four-star defensive end David Kenney switched his verbal commitment from Iowa to Indiana.

Iowa now might be at risk of losing its other four-star recruit.

Defensive back Delano Hill, who committed to Iowa in April, told Hawkeye Report.com that he wants to visit Pittsburgh before making a final decision. The Detroit native had yet to schedule a date for his visit to Pittsburgh as of Friday.

Scout.com also reported this week that the coaches from Louisiana State University want Hill to visit their campus.

Kenney was the first player to commit to Iowa’s 2013 recruiting class in early April. However, there was speculation he would ultimately sign with Indiana where his father is a member of the football staff under head coach Kevin Wilson.

The speculation turned to fact when Kenney switched his allegiance on Oct. 21.

Verbal commitments aren’t binding until a recruit signs a national letter of intent. The national signing period for football will start on Feb. 6.

INJURY UPDATE: Running back Mark Weisman and fullback Brad Rogers did not make the trip to Bloomington.

Ferentz said that both may be back in the mix to play next week. As it was, Iowa didn’t use the fullback on Saturday.

“Well our best two fullbacks are Weisman and Rogers,” Ferentz said. “That hasn’t changed.”

With Rogers out, Iowa opted to start the game with three receivers, giving Jordan Cotton the start at receiver.

LAW IN: Nico Law got the start on Saturday at strong safety ahead of Tom Donatell, who had started the first eight games.

“We’re nip and tuck at several positions on our team right now,” Ferentz said. “Do that, I’m not unhappy with someone, the othe rguy might be doing a little bit better. It might be the other way next week.”

Law was tied for second on the team with eight tackles and had one break-up.

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