IOWA CITY — Coming off back-to-back losses to Pittsburgh and Northwestern, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz met with the state media Tuesday to talk about the upcoming game at Michigan State. Here are some notes from the news conference:
-Tyler Sash is not listed on the depth chart at strong safety. He missed Saturday’s game against Northwestern because of a shoulder injury. Harold Dalton will start in his place. Ferentz said Sash has a chance to play.
-Shonn Greene is going to practice Tuesday and is fine to play Saturday. The head injury that kept him out the last 11-plus minutes against Northwestern was nothing serious.
-There are about 1,000 tickets left for this weekend’s game at Michigan State. MSU officials expect a sellout.
-Speaking of sellouts … Iowa has a string of 34 straight. The only game left on the schedule with any tickets remaining is Purdue (11/15).
-Captains: Mitch King, Matt Kroul, Rob Bruggeman and Shonn Greene
-Running back Paki O’Meara probably won’t play Saturday. He still has a lingering knee problem. Jewel Hampton is listed as the No. 2 back.
-Ferentz said the Northwestern game was Iowa’s best game this season. Speaking about the receivers, he pointed out that they blocked really, really well in the game.
-Comparing Greene and MSU back Javon Ringer, Ferentz said they’re not that similar, but they have similar numbers.
-Jeff Tarpinian started the second half at linebacker against Northwestern. He also played on the punt team. He’s not listed on the two-deeps. Ferentz said he is not yet back in game shape, but he is healthy.