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Outback notes: Greg Davis happier with speed of offense, but he’s still not satisfied

[ 0 ] December 30, 2013 |

TAMPA, Fla. – Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis said before the football season started that he’d like to get off more snaps than the Hawkeyes did in 2012.

While that mission was accomplished — the Hawkeyes ran more 72 more plays than they did a year ago, upping the per-game average from 66.1 to 72.1 — Davis wants more growth in 2014.

“I think for us and our style, the high 70s … 78, 79 — something like that is what we would like to shoot for,” Davis said.

Johnny Football: LSU’s defense controlled 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel in the Tigers’ 34-10 victory against Texas A&M on Nov. 23. Manziel was held to 54 yards rushing and completed just 16 out of 41 passes with two interceptions.

Those shut-down stats caught the attention of Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock.

“Manziel is a special player,” Rudock said. “He’s a Heisman winner. It’s tough to shut a guy down like that. That’s a tribute to their defensive coordinator (John Chavis).”

Free ride: Travis Perry, a sophomore from Urbandale, is currently behind senior Christian Kirksey on the depth chart at outside linebacker. A leading candidate to start next season, Perry is not on scholarship.

“I’m not worried about that right now,” Perry said. “I just want to help the team win.”

Kirksey, for one, is in his corner.

“He should be on scholarship,” Kirksey said.

Four-year ride: Senior linebacker James Morris, who never used a redshirt season in his four-year career, predicts good things for Hawkeye football in the future.

“Iowa football is going to go on after I’m gone, and I’m sure they’ll be successful,” Morris said. “They’ve got great players and great coaches and great fans. So I was just glad that I could be a part of it for four years. I’ve got one game left to go. So that’s kind of what I’m focused on.”

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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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