KIRK FERENTZ'S TUESDAY IOWA MEDIA PRESSER
Quote from B10 Presser on Marques Simmons: "He is out of the game, and my guess is that he may be out for up to a month, maybe longer. We are going to do an MRI today (x-rayed yesterday) just to make sure there is nothing missing. My experience is that backs with significant ankle problems are not too effective, so we only have five games left. My guess is that we would be lucky to get him for one or two. Probably none."
Rejoin Iowa media press conference:
Calvin Davis is going to be out. His knee has not responded the way we had hoped, so he will have surgery this afternoon to repair that thing, and he will probably miss about two to three months, so that puts him out of the season, unfortunately. That's a shame anyone gets hurt, and he was growing and doing a nice job for us and has worked hard to try and come back, but it just wasn't in the cards.
That is the negative note, and now on a more positive note, Sean Considine, Ben Gates and Mike Humpal are all working back. We won't be sure whether any of the three will play this week; I think all three have a chance and we will work them in on a limited basis today and see where things go from there. I think all three have a chance.
Last week's game was a great performance. Our guys played hard and prepared well. I don't think we could have done a heckuva lot better out there, so that was a positive for us.
I think the biggest thing is that we have improved as a football team over the past four weeks, and it came at a good time, because we still have five very challenging games ahead of us. That is where our focus is right now. It's certainly a great challenge this week with Penn State.
First of all, I went on record back in August that I felt they would be one of the teams that had a chance to come out of the pack, mainly because they had so many close losses last year, and our game was one of those. The week after our game, Ohio State came into town, and they played a heck of a football game against Ohio State, a team that had just beaten us. They are a tough team.
Looking at them this year, I don't think things have changed. I think Joe Tiller said that he feels next year might be as good a Penn State team as coach Paterno will have had there in some time. Those are his comments, not mine. I can see why he says that, because I had good feelings about their team before the year. They are very talented and are playing well.
The teams they have lost to have a combined record of 21-5 right now. So the teams they have lost to are good football teams. Their last few games, they are playing really tough. We will have a heck of a challenge in front of us. It's a tough place to play, certainly, going on the road anywhere in the league anywhere is tough, but Penn State is one of the more difficult environments. Plus, you are going to play a good football team.
A nutshell scouting reporting, you are looking at Zach Mills, who to me is a proven veteran quarterback and a dangerous football player. We saw that firsthand two years ago, the kinds of things that he can do. They have good skill people, and then defensively, they are playing great; I think they are holding teams to about 16 points per game. They are veteran and talented up front as well as on the back end, and they are playing some talented linebackers. Connors is a guy that was a tremendous high school football player a year ago, having seen some film on him. He is playing well for them now. 94 is a proven veteran for him.
The last phase is special teams, and Penn State does a great job there in all phases. An amazing thing that stands out is that they have blocked four PAT's this year, which is a pretty unusual number. It just shows you that they pay attention to details and get great effort, true in all phases. So we will have to have a great week of preparation and play a good game on Saturday.