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Why Ferentz didn't want his own player to break a record

[ 0 ] September 21, 2013 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz knew that Kevonte Martin-Manley was tantalizingly close to passing Nile Kinnick in Iowa’s record book, and decided to keep it that way.

Martin-Manley had 184 punt-return yards in the first half. Kinnick had a record 201 punt-return yards against Indiana on his way to the 1939 Heisman Trophy.

Manley didn’t add to his total in the second half.

“I heard that in the fourth quarter,” Ferentz said. “With all due respect to Kevonte … I love the guy, he’s a great young man — I think it’s OK if that one stayed where it’s at.

“Not that we would have held him back, but maybe we would have thought about it, actually. That’s one that needs to stay. I hope we press it again, though.”

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Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

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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