Ferentz provides update on banged up skill players
For most teams, losing a tailback averaging 100 yards per game would be cause for great concern.
Most teams aren’t Iowa.
Kirk Ferentz announced on Tuesday that Jordan Canzeri, who went down with an ankle injury in the 40-10 victory against Northwestern on Oct. 17, will be out for Saturday’s game against Maryland.
The good news is that what appeared to be a serious injury might not be season-ending at all.
“He’s making good progress. It was a lot better two days after than we maybe anticipated,” Ferentz said. “So that’s good news, and I think he’s feeling better by the day, but to say when he’ll be ready to play, I’m not sure yet.”
Without Canzeri, Akrum Wadley stole the show against the stout Northwestern defense and tied a school record with four touchdowns. He figures to remain a part of the running game in Canzeri’s absence.
Iowa will also get a boost from the return of LeShun Daniels Jr., who has been dealing with a high ankle sprain all season. He wasn’t available the last two games and hasn’t been at full strength since the season opener against Illinois State. Ferentz said that Daniels has had a “good week so far” but that he still had some work to do.
The bye week also paid dividends for Tevaun Smith and C.J. Beathard, both of whom were limited against Northwestern. Smith (knee) is back to full speed at practice while Beathard is still not at 100 percent yet.
“We gave him a majority of last week off, which was good for him, and a couple of other guys in that same category,” Ferentz said. “He’s been working and he’s throwing the ball well.”
The No. 10 Hawkeyes will look to improve to 8-0 when Maryland comes to Iowa City.