Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz updates health status of multiple OL
Since its season opening loss to Northwestern, Iowa has won three straight games in impressive fashion – a pair of blowout wins over Michigan State and Minnesota, and a 20-point win over Penn State last Saturday.
The Hawkeyes have done this without the services of two starting offensive lineman, as guard Kyler Schott and tackle Coy Cronk have been unavailable due to injury.
A return of the pair, would be a significant boost to the Iowa offensive line.
Head coach Kirk Ferentz told the media on Tuesday that Schott is “working his way back” to the lineup, and while he won’t start this weekend against Nebraska, he is expected to see some playing time.
Cronk, according to Ferentz “has a chance to play”, but official word on whether he will be available or not against the Huskers will be given at a later time.
KF: Kyler Schott will not start but expected to play. Coy Cronk is questionable.
— Rob Howe (@RobHoweHN) November 24, 2020
Ferentz also updated the status of Mark Kallenberger, who is also injured and was the starting right tackle with Cronk sidelined. Kallenberger had an undisclosed injury while playing Penn State last weekend, and Ferentz said they will begin evaluating him this week, but he is not confident he will play. Jack Plumb would make the start at right tackle in Kallenberger’s absence.
Kirk says they'll evaluate starting tackle Mark Kallenberger this week. Sounds iffy at best, Jack Plumb would be the next man in if Mark can't play.
— David Eickholt (@DavidEickholt) November 24, 2020
The Iowa offensive line has been one of the best in the Big Ten, and the country this season and was named to the midseason Joe Moore honor roll.
Iowa and Nebraska are set to kickoff at 12:00PM on Saturday, Nov. 27 in Iowa City.