Sam LaPorta has been a long-time supporter of his Iowa teammates and the Hawkeyes.

On Saturday, Iowa defeated Kentucky 21-0 in the 2022 TransPerfect Music City Bowl. While the defense dominated, the offense had some moments but was not as efficient.

Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz has been the subject of criticism for the lack of production from the Hawkeyes’ offense throughout the season.

LaPorta defended coach Ferentz after the win over Kentucky:

“Brian really supported me and believed in me. I came in as a receiver, I never even put my hand in the ground. I was taking baby steps at first and he was always there supporting me, and giving me advice,” said LaPorta. “Really shaped me into the player I am today. I owe him a lot of thanks, he’s a damn good coach. I don’t care what anybody says about that man. I owe him a lot, he’s a great friend, a great dude, and a great coach.”

The offense for Iowa accounted for 206 total yards against the defense of Kentucky.

We’ll see what the future holds for Ferentz in Iowa City, but LaPorta is appreciative of his work with the Hawkeyes.