Kirk Ferentz took some surprising questions at his weekly “Hawk Talk” radio show at Carlos O’Kelly’s in Iowa City.
The first question dealt with losing top recruits and failing to “seal the deal.”
“In all seriousness,” Ferentz said, “there’s a multitude of factors” including “individual preference.”
He was asked about the team’s health — “tight end was affected the most” by injuries. He also was asked about offensive line Reese Morgan — “I think he’s one of the best offensive line coaches in the country.”
He now enters his 10th season as coach. “Some days are better than others, it goes with the territory.”
On Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett: “The thing that jumped out was the determination of the entire football team, and Andre was a part of that.” He touted Tippett’s success as a strongside linebacker in the NFL and said Tippett was one of the two best linebackers (Lawrence Taylor the other) during the era. Iowa hopes to bring Tippett back to honor him at a game this year, possibly against Northwestern.
On new wide receivers coach Erik Campbell, who joined the team from Michigan: “Erik has been a great addition. … Erik Campbell really rose to the top. We feel fortunate to get him.” Ferentz said Campbell has a “breadth of knowledge” as the wide receivers coach.
On any scheme changes with Campbell as coach: “I don’t know how dramatic it would be. I don’t think anybody is going to see a wholesale change.”
“For instance, the first couple of years it was difficult to block, so thank goodness Ladell Betts was as tough as he was. I’m still trying to figure how he got as many yards as he did.”