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Iowa football: Kirk Ferentz answers five pressing questions about the Hawkeyes

[ 0 ] March 26, 2014 |

This week’s five questions were answered by Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz:

1. After all the turnover the past two seasons, how nice is it to have your coaching staff intact?

Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Kirk Ferentz: “We’ve kind of re-invented ourselves in some ways. I feel like we’re loaded up for the next decade. I don’t know how the assistants feel, but that’s the way I’m looking at it. And it really came together quickly last spring. I was amazed, pleased with just how well everybody meshed during spring practice. Not only coaches and coaches, but players and coaches. The whole thing ran pretty smoothly.”

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2. What do you think of the Big Ten’s new Western Division, which is more geographically friendly?

KF: “Going back to the expansion, we all knew it was going to be, not uncomfortable, but different. Not playing Illinois, not playing Wisconsin, it was different. I would imagine our fans, first and foremost, are happy about just having the ability to jump in a car and get to opponent’s stadiums a little bit easier. I personally like that concept and that idea.”

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3. With the Big Ten moving to a nine-game schedule (in 2016), has that changed what you want in the nonconference?

KF: “Our philosophy for a long time was to play two (BCS level) teams. To me, all that happened is one of those two is going to be a Big Ten opponent. The trick was to make sure we have that extra home game. Get the Iowa State series to correlate with that, so we don’t lose a home game. To me, it was just a tradeoff. Probably made our scheduling easier in some ways.”

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4. How has Connor Kornbrath responded to being challenged for the punting job, by junior college transfer Dillon Kidd?

KF: “Every one of our guys on our roster is basically in a competition. I think that’s a good thing. I think players want that. Players want to compete.”

5. Have you raised the ceiling or expectations for returning quarterback Jake Rudock?

KF: “First thing I think about Jake, going into last year … you don’t know necessarily about their physical toughness. How they’re going to handle getting banged around a little bit. And then, the highs and lows of the season, how do they deal with those things? We know a lot more about (Rudock) now, so our expectation level for him is going to be a little different than a guy who hasn’t played.”

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Category: Big Ten, Hawkeye news, Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Andrew Logue: Andrew has been with the Des Moines Register for 15 years, covering everything from preps to Hawkeye and Cyclone sports, as well as the Drake Relays. View author profile.

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