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Reggie Spearman steps up; Dominic Alvis out again

[ 0 ] November 5, 2013 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Linebacker Marcus Collins was dismissed from the Iowa football team last week, and his departure has moved true freshman Reggie Spearman into the two-deeps behind Anthony Hitchens.

“He’s growing and doing a good job on special teams, and then we’re carving out a little something for him on that third-down package, and two weeks in a row he’s done a good job there, too,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “We’re starting to bring him along.”

In the third-down package, Spearman and reserve linebacker Quinton Alston are inserted for two down linemen. They don’t get in a three-point stance.

Spearman also plays on special teams.

Collins was dismissed from the team by Ferentz last Friday, hours after he was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Collins had already served the first of his three-game suspension the week before against Northwestern. Ferentz said Tuesday that Collins got the suspension for a violation of team policy.

Alvis still out: Senior right defensive end Dominic Alvis will miss his third straight game with a back injury. He was hurt in the first half of the 34-24 loss at Ohio State on Oct. 19.

“We’ll see where it goes in the next two weeks, and maybe we’ll get him back for the last couple of games,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.

After the Purdue game, Iowa has a bye week before hosting Michigan Nov. 23 and finishing the regular season at Nebraska Nov. 29. Alvis has been replaced by junior Mike Hardy in the starting lineup.

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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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