Iowa WRs coach comments on progress of freshmen standouts Arland Bruce IV, Keagan Johnson
For Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, the first two games of the 2021 season have gone pretty well. The No. 5 Hawkeyes are coming off a solid manhandling of in-state rival Iowa State during last weekend’s Cy-Hawk Classic, that followed their dominating season-opening performance over Indiana.
But Ferentz hasn’t played every card in his hand yet.
According to Iowa wide receiver coach Kelton Copeland, true freshman wideouts Arland Bruce IV & Keagan Johnson are looking good in practice, and will likely see more action as the season moves along — the duo have seen the field on a combined 21 snaps so far.
Iowa WRs coach Kelton Copeland says true freshmen Arland Bruce IV & Keagan Johnson are actually excelling in practice, despite (as @ScottDochterman points out) just 21 combined snaps this season. On getting them more game action: "It's a work in progress."
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) September 15, 2021
Johnson came into the preseason with plenty of buzz, and it is just a matter of time before his impact is felt on the field. He brings a tremendous skill-set to the position, and is the highest-rated wide receiver over the last decade to come to Iowa.
No stranger to high-level football, Johnson’s father Chester played for Nebraska in the 1990’s, and was on the 1994 and 1995 national championship teams. His older brother Cade was an All-American at South Dakota and signed with the Seattle Seahawks after going undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft. His oldest brother also played at Wyoming.
Iowa hosts Kent State on Saturday, Sept. 18, with a scheduled 2:30 PM kickoff.