Hawkeyes Work on Fundamentals in preparing for Hoosiers

Nov. 1, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa football coordinators Greg Davis and Phil Parker continue to work on the little things with Iowa’s young football team as the Hawkeyes prepare for Saturday’s contest at Indiana.

Parker, Iowa’s defensive coordinator, says a number of little things on defense may not show up for fans who are in attendance or watching the Hawkeyes play on television.

“Every day we are on the practice field we work on technique and fundamentals,” said Parker, following Thursday’s practice. “We are facing another up-tempo offense that plays at a fast pace. We have to focus on getting lined up properly and be ready to play fast.”

After facing a predominately rushing attack a week ago at Northwestern, the Iowa defense Saturday will go against the top passing team in the Big Ten.

“It’s a challenge,” said Parker. “Indiana has great skill guys on the outside. We have to get lined up, read our keys, be sound fundamentally and get to the ball as fast as we can.”

The Iowa offense has had games this season where it has displayed both a solid ground game and an effective passing attack, and Davis, as offensive coordinator, feels the offense gets closer and closer each week to featuring that balance.

“We are constantly talking about details,” said Davis. “That may be finishing plays, route running, blocking up front, those types of things. Last week our time of possession was good and we moved the ball, but a break down here and there prevented us from completing several drives with points.”

Damon Bullock returned to action against Northwestern a week ago, and Davis says the sophomore running back has had a good week of practice.

“I was really pleased with Damon last week,” said Davis. “To rush for over 100 yards, he caught the ball well, in a game that was like starting the season over. He has looked comfortable this week, he’s had a good week of practice.”

The Hawkeyes and Hoosiers will meet at 2:42 p.m. CT Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. The game will be televised by BTN.