IOWA CITY —
Ferentz also fielded a question about how off-field legal problems and tough losses have affected the team.
“It’ll be a distraction if we let it be a distraction,” Ferentz said. “We’ve been pretty decisive, pretty firm.”
On questions about the defense, Ferentz was optimistic.
“I feel good,” about the linebackers, Ferentz said. “We’re going to be young initally.”
About King and Kroul, the Hawkeyes’ veteran defensive tackles, Ferentz said, “I can’t say enough.”
“They’re totally committed,” he said. As an example, some seniors will slack off in spring camp, but not King and Kroul, Ferentz said.
Ferentz also thought the new defensive ends are coming along well.
“I’ll be disappointed if our defensive line doesn’t play well,” he said.
On offense, Ferentz also praised senior wide receiver Andy Brodell. He hopes to see more of Brodell’s play that he displayed in the Minnesota game in 2006 and then at the Alamo Bowl.
“He’s been a good role model” on and off the field, Ferentz added.
The Hawkeyes take the field at home on Aug. 30 against Maine.
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