Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz was asked about injuries and academics Friday.
From the looks of it, these guys should be worried about sunburn. Everyone had a sunburned arms and neck.
There is a hint of uncertainty with finals grades. The final day to post grades hasn’t arrived. Finals could’ve bit someone, but Ferentz doesn’t think so.
Linebacker A.J. Edds wore a red jersey during Friday’s practice. That means no contact for the junior, who now has 25 career starts.
Edds, who wore a strap on his left shoulder, said he’s had a shoulder injury for a while. He called it “touch and go” and said it’s “kind of a precautionary thing right now.”
“I’ll be fine, I’ll be good to go for Thursday,” Edds said.
As of Friday, the only player ruled out for the Outback was offensive lineman Andy Kuempel, who’s out with a shoulder injury. Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said he thought another backup had an ankle injury but couldn’t remember the name and said it was minor.
“We have some guys nicked up right now, but I think everybody has a chance to make it,” Ferentz said.
Ferentz said he hopes tight end Tony Moeaki’s role can expand for the bowl game. Moeaki missed most of the season with muscle strains and concussions. He did, however, catch a 13-yard TD pass in Iowa’s season finale, a 55-0 victory over Minnesota.
“Right now, he’s full speed, so we hope to get him involved,” Ferentz said.
As far as academics, Ferentz said, as far as he knows, everyone was OK. Along those lines, running back Shonn Greene practiced Friday. The bowl eligibility rumors have aimed at Greene.
“I know there’s a day where the grades have to be in,” Ferentz said. “We haven’t hit it yet, I know that. In a perfect world, you’d like to know before you get on the plane, but I[‘]m not expecting anything. We go over that stuff weekly. Maybe somebody collapsed on finals week, but I hope not.”
South Carolina punter Spencer Lanning, who was initially ruled ineligible for the bowl, won an appeal and will play. The Gamecocks have lost three players to academics, including leading tackler Emanuel Cook.