Camp Central: Offensive line making progress

Aug. 21, 2010

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa football team completed its final practice of fall camp late Friday, spending most of the two-plus hours participating in a scrimmage inside the Kenyon Practice Facility.

One of the primary areas of interest among Hawkeye fans is the offensive line, and UI coach Reese Morgan continues to see improvement and he enjoys the attitude of the group.

“We feel pretty good about six guys in the rotation and we have to figure out who the other guys are,” Morgan said following Friday’s scrimmage. “The attitude has been very good and the guys have made progress. You would like it to be at a little faster rate, but going against our defensive line has been a great opportunity.”

Two juniors — right guard Adam Gettis and right tackle Markus Zusevics — have “stepped up” according to Morgan. He also said that sophomore Riley Reiff has been “consistent” at left tackle and senior Julian Vandervelde has been “solid” at left guard.

“James (Ferentz) and Josh (Koeppel) at the center position have played pretty well,” Morgan said.

Iowa breaks camp Sunday, but head coach Kirk Ferentz will keep the Hawkeyes in camp mode during the final full week of August. Then it will be time to turn their attention to the season-opener against Eastern Illinois on Sept. 4.

“We’re certainly not ready to play a game right now,” Morgan said. “The guys are improving.”

It was the third consecutive night practice for the Hawkeyes who play evening games this season at Arizona (Sept. 18) and against Penn State (Oct. 2) in Kinnick Stadium.

“Coach has a plan and part of the plan includes we’re going to get ready for some night games,” Morgan said. “The practices prepare us for the games and it gives our guys a chance to have a mental plan during the day how they’re going to approach things. There are some advantages to it.”

The team has Saturday off before returning to the practice field Sunday.