Doering: `Execute and no excuses'

Aug. 14, 2009

Friday, Aug. 14, Practice Photo Gallery (a.m.) | Video interview with D. Doering

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Dan Doering said he has spent four fantastic years at the University of Iowa. The offensive lineman wants to top it off with a special Season 5.

“The years have flown by,” Doering said. “All the memories, the bowl games, the big games in Kinnick, traveling around the Big Ten — it’s been a great experience and I’m looking forward to my fifth year and doing the best I can.”

The Hawkeyes have won 28 games since 2005 and attended the Outback Bowl twice and one Alamo Bowl. Last season Iowa was 9-4 overall and defeated South Carolina 31-10 in the Outback Bowl.

“We’re a team that’s focused,” Doering said. “We definitely have a good work ethic. Everyone comes out every day and works hard. We love getting out there and getting after it.”

Like most Iowa football fans, Doering is excited to see how a talented group of running backs will perform in the absence of Doak Walker Award-winner Shonn Greene. A year ago Greene gobbled up 1,850 rushing yards with 20 touchdowns running behind an offensive line that included Doering.

“They’re all eager and they want to get on the field,” Doering said. “After watching Shonn last season, they’ve seen that example of what it takes to be an All-American running back and I’m sure each one of those guys is ready and willing to step up and play the best they can.”

“We’re a team that’s focused. We definitely have a good work ethic. Everyone comes out every day and works hard. We love getting out there and getting after it.”
UI offensive guard
Dan Doering

It won’t be long now before the public gets its first glimpse of the 2009 Hawkeyes. The annual preseason Kid’s at Kinnick scrimmage will be held tomorrow, Aug. 15. For more information about the scrimmage, season tickets or FryFest (Sept. 4), click HERE.

A common theme arises when discussing the prospects of the Iowa schedule. With road games at Iowa State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State, the Hawkeyes are going to have to work their magic outside — as well as inside — Kinnick Stadium.

“We want to be focused at away games,” Doering said. “I’m confident that we can go out there and show America and the Big Ten the type of team we’re capable of being. We want to come out and show our opponents what we’re made of and what we’re capable of as a team.”

Doering is listed as the second-string right guard in preseason, but first-stringer Julian Vandervelde is still recovering from an injury. That means it is likely that the 6-foot-6, 300-pound native of Barrington, Ill., will get the starting nod for the No. 21-ranked Hawkeyes.

The preseason noise means nothing to Doering.

“We’re trying not to listen to the outside sources,” he said. “We want to keep everything focused — don’t think about the future, just think about getting better each day. We just want to go out each play and do the best we can — execute and don’t make excuses.”

To view an exclusive 23-image photo gallery of Friday’s morning practice inside the Kenyon Practice Facility, click HERE. The Hawkeyes will have a second practice later in the afternoon.

Iowa kicks off the regular season Saturday, Sept. 5, against intrastate rival Northern Iowa at 11 a.m. inside Kinnick Stadium.

2009 Iowa Football Season Ticket Application (v3a)