What Iowa can learn in the spring game, visitors for the contest, and more
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What can Iowa learn in the spring game?
Oh yes, the spring game. A glorified practice. A snapshot of the entire spring and a few hours on the field that won’t decide any position battles.
Yes, too much typically gets made out of spring games. There is one thing, though, offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz will keep an eye on during tonight’s contest, which begins at 8 ET.
“It’s going to be interesting what happens Friday night,” Ferentz said. “But whether it’s at the quarterback position or anywhere else, [it’s] how the guys handle that environment and how they perform once we ratchet up the competition just a little bit.”
Under the lights at Kinnick Stadium in front of tens of thousands of fans is the closest the Hawkeyes will get to simulating a game experience until September. The atmosphere at the spring game is different from the other 14 spring practices. How players respond might not be more than a note to include in a position battle, such as the competition at quarterback, but Ferentz and the other coaches will very interested observers.
Iowa spring game visitors
Blair Sanderson of Rivals.com compiled a list of the 23 2018 and 2019 prospects are coming for the spring football game.
Offensive line commit Jeff Jenkins and linebacker commit Dillon Doyle will be in attendance. Also visiting will be 15 uncommitted 2018 prospects. Defensive tackle Bryan Williams, defensive tackle Noah Shannon and athlete Samson Evans already hold Iowa offers.
Six 2019 players will be at the spring game with tight end Logan Lee, quarterback Max Duggan and offensive lineman Tyler Endres holding offers from Iowa.
Also, Pat Hardy, of AllHawkeyes, reported that former Texas A&M offensive lineman Trevor Elbert will also be visiting for the spring game.
Just been told that former Texas A&M offensive lineman Trevor Elbert will attend Iowa's spring game on Friday. He was a 4-star recruit.
— Pat Harty (@PatHarty) April 20, 2017
Blair Sanderson, of Rivals, reported it’s unlikely that Elbert will receive a scholarship if he comes to Iowa.
From what we've heard, Elbert would be a walk-on if he decides to join the Hawkeyes
— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) April 21, 2017
Ron Coluzzi works out for NFL hometown team
Former Iowa punter Ron Coluzzi worked out for the Chicago Bears along with a group of other specialists on April 13. Coluzzi grew up in Chicago, and working out for his hometown team meant a lot.
“It was a lot of fun,” Coluzzi said. “I dreamed about practicing with that organization since I was 8 years old. It’s fun in the aspect of not really caring. I wasn’t nervous. I wasn’t worried about how I was performing.”
He booted nine punts and attempted seven kickoffs during the workout. He thought things went well.
“Kickoffs were pretty good,” Coluzzi said. “Hit the ball pretty decent and then my punts were just booming off my foot. I think five of them hit the ceiling. They couldn’t judge the hang time or the distance, but it was just a good punt.”
He also talked recently with the Denver Broncos and “they said some cool stuff that I’ve been waiting to hear since I was a little kid.” He declined to elaborate on the conversation.
Expectations are for Coluzzi to sign a free-agent rookie contract after the NFL draft.
Jane Meyer trial update
Jane Meyer’s second day on the stand in her sexual orientation and discrimination lawsuit again Iowa focused on her relationship with athletic director Gary Barta and football coach Kirk Ferentz. Here is a recap from Thursday from Mark Emmert of the Des Moines Register.
Meyer’s lawyer questioned her about how she addressed Barta during a 2014 staff meeting over the dismissal of field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum. Meyer, a former senior associate athletic director, said her behavior was professional and that she didn’t yell and scream.
Barta is expected to describe Meyer’s reaction in a different light when he testify Friday.
Meyer claims there was no justified reason for her dismissal. Whether the jury believes Meyer or Barta when it comes to the Griesbaum conversation will likely play an important role in the trial’s verdict.
Lots of links
- Five things to watch for during Iowa’s spring game.
- Men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery spoke this week with Jeremiah Davis of the Cedar Rapids Gazette about Iowa’s future.
- Arkansas women’s basketball hired Iowa assistant coach Lacey Goldwire to the same position.
- Former Iowa guard Dean Oliver is now on the Wisconsin men’s basketball staff.