Aug. 11, 2014
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By DARREN MILLER
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa offensive linemen have created a friendly competition to keep fall camp interesting.
“Two of the linemen are seeing who can eat the most chicken breasts during fall camp,” junior right guard Jordan Walsh said Monday after the first of two practices.
Walsh is not a participant, but one of many scorekeepers, in the eat-off. The training table battle is between sophomores Reid Selby and Ryan Ward.
“You have to make it exciting,” Walsh said of fall camp. “We have a good group of guys in the offensive line room. We’re all keeping it exciting.”
Walsh, a 6-foot-5, 290-pounder from Glendale Heights, Illinois, started all 13 games last season when the Hawkeyes finished 8-5 and participated in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1. Walsh says he has improved technique since the 21-14 postseason loss to Louisiana State.
“I feel I have been getting better with everything,” he said.
According to the preseason depth chart, Iowa’s offensive line starts two seniors and two juniors; the defensive line starts three seniors and a junior.
“Things have been going pretty well,” Walsh said. “The defense is getting some shots and the offense is getting some shots, too. We’re both competing hard against each other.” As for the poultry consuming rivalry, it pits Ward (6-5, 290) from Homer Glen, Illinois, against Sealby (6-4, 290) from Byron, Illinois. Ward is listed as co-backup with sophomore Cole Croston at right tackle behind senior Andrew Donnal.
What are the standings after Practice No. 9?
“They’re tied up right now,” Walsh said.