Iowa closes out spring football practice with a live practice at Kinnick Stadium at 7 p.m. CT Friday at Kinnick Stadium.
The structured workout will take place on about 70 yards of the stadium’s AstroTurf because of an ongoing $90 million north end zone renovation. Cost to attend is free.
Live updates, scores
8 p.m. — Big news Iowa fans. The water tower outside the northeast end zone will have a TigerHawk on it by the 2018 football season. It’s red meat for the fans with steak sauce.
Also, Iowa had its first Kinnick Wave today. Here’s the video:
7 p.m. — Iowa is going full-blown scrimmage right away. Ivory Kelly-Martin got the start at running back, Tristan Wirfs opens at right tackle with Alaric Jackson at left tackle. Sam Brincks started at defensive tackle alongside Cedrick Lattimore.
6:45 p.m. — Overall, a beautiful night and a sparse crowd, maybe 2,000 people. A few other players sitting out include defensive end Romeo McKnight and safety Brandon Snyder. Former safety Miles Taylor is now working as an intern of sorts with the coaching staff. Former safety Jordan Lomax is working full-time with the UI Foundation.
6:30 p.m. — Hello and welcome to Kinnick Stadium for tonight’s spring practice. There’s football out here and several Hawkeyes will not compete, including defensive end Parker Hesse, defensive tackle Matt Nelson, guard Levi Paulsen, safety Wes Dvorak and linebacker Aaron Mends.
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Iowa open practice 2018: Time
Iowa will hold an open football practice at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, April 20 at Kinnick Stadium.
- Time: 7 p.m. CT
- Date: Friday, April 20
- Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
- Weather: 53 degrees and partly sunny
Iowa open practice 2018: Watch online
BTN.com and the BTN2Go app provide live streaming of the practice. There is no television coverage.
How can I listen to Iowa 2018 open practice on the radio?
Some Iowa radio stations on the Hawkeye Sports Network will carry action from the open practice from 7 to 8 p.m. CT. The flagship stations are 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City). Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Ed Podolak as the color analyst and Rob Brooks as the sideline reporter. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
How can I get tickets to Iowa 2018 open practice?
It costs nothing to attend Iowa’s open practice.
When do the gates open for Iowa’s 2018 open practice?
Gates B and E on Kinnick Stadium’s west side open at 6 p.m. CT. Sections 122 through 128 will be open on the west side of Kinnick Stadium, along with the entire south grandstands. All parking lots open at 5 p.m. CT.
Iowa open practice 2018: What to watch
BACKUP QB — The main attraction last spring was Iowa’s quarterback battle between Nate Stanley and Tyler Wiegers. With Stanley winning the job late in camp and Wiegers now competing for Eastern Michigan, the real quarterback battle is at backup. Freshman Peyton Mansell is listed as the No. 2 quarterback in camp with Spencer Petras in his first semester on campus. Don’t overlook junior walk-on Ryan Schmidt, who served as the team’s No. 3 quarterback against Nebraska last fall.
WIDE RECEIVERS — Iowa had only two scholarship receivers running routes last season and neither had caught a pass in a game. This year, Iowa brings back plenty of experience plus other receivers who should elevate their games. Senior Nick Easley was a walk-on who became the most consistent receiver with 51 catches. Others seeing action who are worth watching include sophomores Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Brandon Smith, Max Cooper and senior walk-on Kyle Groeneweg.
RUNNING BACKS — Iowa is depleted at running back this spring with only four players taking handoffs. Sophomores Toren Young and Ivory Kelly-Martin played snaps as reserves last season, while freshman Kyshaun Bryan is healthy after an injury-filled fall. Freshman Cam Harrell is working out at running back after playing both receiver and defensive back last fall.
LINEBACKERS — The Hawkeyes lost 123 career starts at linebacker with Josey Jewell, Ben Niemann, Bo Bower and Kevin Ward graduating. Jewell was a unanimous first-team All-American. Who will replace them as starters? Those questions probably won’t get completed answered until late August. But seniors Aaron Mends and Jack Hockaday as well as juniors Kristian Welch and Amani Jones are battling for the two inside positions. Sophomores Nick Niemann and Barrington Wade are competing to replace Ben Niemann at an outside slot.
SECONDARY UPDATES — Junior safety Amani Hooker performed well enough to lock down the strong safety spot, but free safety could be up in the air. Senior Brandon Snyder remains out after another knee injury last fall. Senior Jake Gervase was the star last year in the spring game with 3 interceptions, but sophomore Geno Stone could push him. At cornerback, sophomore Matt Hankins started the final three games last season, but juniors Michael Ojemudia and Manny Rugamba also have starting experience. Will freshmen Trey Creamer and Josh Turner push the top tier?