A Spring Football Hat Trick in West Des Moines

April 11, 2015

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — There were at least three things to enjoy about the ninth practice of the spring football season on Saturday — the weather, fan support, and according the UI head football coach, the attitude.

It was a spring football hat trick for Ferentz, who for the third straight year loaded the family truckster and brought the Hawkeyes to central Iowa.

“I’m just really pleased with the attitude of the team dating back to January,” Ferentz said after the Hawkeyes completed Week 3 of spring drills. “The attitude has been really good.”

More than 5,000 fans saw that attitude on display at Valley Stadium, who welcomed the Hawkeyes under blue skies and temperatures that reached 70 degrees.

“It’s great to be out in great weather and, obviously, the people here at Valley have done a wonderful job of hosting us,” said Ferentz. “It’s a first-class facility and we appreciate the hospitality they extend to us.”

As for the Hawkeyes’ performance?

“There were some good things out there we saw and obviously some things that need to be worked on,” Ferentz said. “This will be a great teaching tape for us when we get back together on Tuesday.

“We have had mostly ups in the spring, a couple downs, but mostly ups, so hopefully we finish up here with six good workouts going through the next two weeks.”

Iowa has six practices left before spring football concludes Saturday, April 25, with an open practice at Kinnick Stadium. Gates open at 12 p.m. (CT).

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