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Two-Minute Drill: Updates the Kirk Ferentz Teleconference
By Tony Gerdeman

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz spent time on the Big Ten Coaches' Teleconference on Tuesday, and then took a few more minutes out of his day to speak with the local media here in Columbus. Here are the highlights.

Kirk Ferentz Updates

* Ferentz said the Hawkeyes had a productive bye week and were able to get healthy for this week. He said that running back Mark Weisman is doing fine after leaving the Michigan State game with an injury two weeks ago.

* Ferentz said that he sees a talented Ohio State defense, and not necessarily the “alarming” lack of pass defense that Urban Meyer has seen.

* Asked about what he remembered most about the 2009 overtime game at Ohio State, he said, “It was disappointing.” He didn't care to talk much more about that game. He said Ohio Stadium is a great environment to play in.

* Asked how his defense matches up against Ohio State's offense, he said they'd find out Saturday. What strikes him about the Buckeyes is the depth and the way players step in for injured teammates and play as well, if not better. He said it takes more than just good players to win 20 games in a row.

* He said quarterback Jake Rudock is a smart player who is getting better. He said he doesn't get rattled when things don't go well. Ferentz said that he has played well on the road, but also that he hasn't seen an environment like he'll see at Ohio Stadium.

* He said the OSU run offense poses a number of problems because they throw the ball so well. They throw it effectively, and they have two great running threats in the backfield. The quarterback is a great running threat, as is the running back. He said the Buckeyes could put any of four different running backs on the field and be successful. But having to worry about the four capable receivers while also stopping the run is hard to do. He called it pick your poison and compared it to the weapons that the Dallas Cowboy offense had when they were winning Super Bowls. He said they don't tilt themselves one way or the other on offense, which makes it more difficult to stop both the run and the pass.

* He said the Ohio State offensive line looks like an NFL offensive line. They are big and experienced. He said they clearly understand what they are being asked to do.

* He said they will still return punts, even though he mentioned a couple of weeks ago that he may stop doing it because they had given up a couple of fake punts. He just doesn't want to see the games affected by fake punts anymore.

* Asked about the key to his run defense, he said that they are more experienced now. They were young last year, but they returned talent, including their three linebackers. He said it's a league full of really good linebackers. Ferentz said his defensive backs have to help out as well, and they have been. He called it a team effort.

* Ferentz said they will pipe some noise in during practice this week to prepare for the Ohio Stadium experience. Quarterback Jake Rudock has played in just two road games in his career (at Iowa State and at Minnesota), so this will be a much different experience for him. He said sometimes that's good for young players, because they are more focused.

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