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Outback notes: Les Miles impressed by Iowa linebackers

[ 0 ] December 29, 2013 |

Much has been said about Iowa senior linebackers James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens this season. LSU coach Les Miles added another pound of praise on Sunday.

“I think they play the scheme as well as I’ve seen it played,” Miles said. “It’s a traditional scheme, but there’s nothing traditional about the way they play it. Their technique is excellent. They’re always in position. They’re physical and fast and they know how to take on blocks.”

Miles said Iowa’s linebackers, working in unison with the secondary and defensive line, “play within a very disciplined concept that allows them to play at a very high level whoever they play. No matter if it’s a spread team or a two-back team, the concept transitions to those offenses very well.”

ALVIS HEALTHY: Iowa defensive coordinator Phil Parker said Sunday pass rusher Dominic Alvis is healthy for the Outback Bowl. Alvis, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound senior, has two sacks and five tackles for loss this season, but was hobbled by a sore back.

“I had a little while there I was off,” Alvis said, “but now I’m back and excited to play one last game and give it a go.”

Both Parker and Alvis said the lineman is 100 percent.

“I feel like my normal self again,” Alvis said.

WEATHER DELAY: Iowa’s practice Sunday ended 15 minutes early because of heavy rain, but players didn’t seem to mind.

“Hey, it’s negative-something in Iowa right now,” Alvis said. “We’ll take this.”

Parker was equally upbeat.

“We practiced normal, just like we were in Iowa City,” he said. “It was a good day to practice.”

– The Register’s Rick Brown contributed to this report

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