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Saturday scrimmage notes: True frosh Daniels likely to play, Kittle “intriguing,” Powell a fast learner

[ 0 ] August 17, 2013 |

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz signs autographs at Kids Day scrimmage Saturday

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz signs autographs at Kids Day scrimmage Saturday

IOWA CITY, Ia. – It looks like true freshman running back LeShun Daniels Jr.  will see some time this season.

“He’s done a really nice job,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said after Saturday’s scrimmage. “He had an opportunity with a couple of guys out and moved up the charts. He seems to have handled it pretty well. He’s not overwhelmed by things. He’s a good learner. I could see him in there.”

Daniels, a 6-foot, 215-pounder, is from Warren, Ohio. One of the players dinged up at running back has been redshirt freshman Barkley Hill. He sat out last season with a knee injury.

“His knee is fine, but he’s missed some time with other camp injuries,” Ferentz said. “It’s just a matter of getting him  back on the field.”

Kittle emerges: One player who got a lot of action Saturday was redshirt freshman George Kittle. A tight end on the roster, he’s not on the two-deeps. He caught several passes Saturday.

“We’re intrigued with him,” Ferentz said. “We’ll keep pushing him and see what he does.”

Big-play Powell: Junior college transfer Damond Powell didn’t arrive on campus until the Thursday before practice started, but the wide receiver made some big plays Saturday.

“He’s so far behind,” Ferentz said. “That’s the biggest challenge for him. The good news is he’s been healthy. I was a little worried about that. He’s got a great attitude, and he’s learning pretty quickly. Maybe quicker than we anticipated. I hope he can help us.”

Boffeli held out: Starting left guard Conor Boffeli was held out of Saturday’s scrimmage for an unspecified injury. Ferentz expects the former West Des Moines Valley standout back to practice by the middle of this week.

“He had as good a spring as anybody,” Ferentz said. “I think he’ll be hard to beat out. He’s really, to me, turned the corner and playing like we all had hoped he would.”

Iowa gets linebacker: Aaron Mends, a 6-1, 204-pounbd linebacker from Kansas City, Mo., committed to the Hawkeyes on Saturday.

Mends told HawkeyeReport.com that “I’m really excited about everything they’re got going on there.”

Iowa was the first school to offer Mends. He also had an offer from Iowa State. Mends is believed to be the 12th commitment in the class.

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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