But if you, the Hawkeye fan out there, think you’re anxious to see this Hawkeye team finally get on the field, that’s not nearly as anxious as Ferentz is himself to get a brand new season under way. Sitting on six-straight losses for nine months will do that to a football coach.
“I think any time it’s like losing a game on Saturday. The next Saturday usually doesn’t come soon enough,” Ferentz said. “I can’t imagine anybody was happy about last year, fans, anybody that follows the team, certainly people involved with the team that put a lot of hours into it. Again, it’s a simple adage: It’s a lot more fun when things are going the way you want them to go. That’s what happened, and the only thing you can do is try to do something about it, so certainly that’s where our focus has been.”
One look at Iowa’s current depth chart tells you all you need to know about the uncertainty that the Hawkeyes still have at several key positions. The chart is littered with “or” up and down the chart, including in the biggest position in the game.
At quarterback, Iowa has listed sophomore Jake Rudock at the top of the chart. OR junior Cody Sokol. OR redshirt freshman C.J. Beathard. Who’s job it will ultimately be when the clock hits 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 is one of several questions Ferentz tried to answer on Thursday.
“It’s early, and really there’s not (any movement at the position),” Ferentz said. “We have a three-horse race, and we’re going to let them compete.
“Guys are really feeling their way right now, and that’s what you’d expect. It was like that at the start of spring, as well, so anytime you jump into a new phase it’s just totally different than what they did in May, June and July.”