Notes from Ferentz news conference

IOWA CITY — Once again, from the parking lot of the Super 8 on 1st Avenue, here are some quick notes from Kirk Ferentz’s weekly meeting with the state media: 

-No changes to the depth chart … Jake Christensen and Ricky Stanzi still listed as co-starters at quarterback, Pat Angerer still listed as the starter at middle linebacker.

-A few hundred tickets for the Iowa-Northwestern game Sept. 27 have been returned. Log on to or call the Iowa ticket office at (800) IA-HAWKS.

-There are plenty of tickets available for the game at Pitt this weekend if you want to plan a last-minute trip. The expected attendance for Saturday is around 50,000.

-Captains: Matt Kroul, Mitch King, Rob Bruggeman and Andy Brodell.

-Jeff Tarpinian’s hamstring injury still hasn’t healed up. He probably won’t play Saturday, but could be back next week against Northwestern.

-Ferentz on the quarterbacks: “If we were playing today, I think Jake would be our starter.” He added that they’ll let it play out in practice.

-Karl Klug, Mike Daniels and Tony Moeaki won’t practice Tuesday because of injuries suffered against Iowa State. Moeaki suffered a head injury. Ferentz didn’t say what happened to Klug and Daniels.

-Ferentz said this week’s game will be like a bowl game, which he added is great for fans but not great for players and coaches.

-Ferentz and Dave Wannstedt go way back … knew each other in the 80s when Ferentz was at Pitt, Wannstedt, who played at Pitt, had been an assistant there in the 70s. When Ferentz was with the Cleveland Browns and Wannstedt with the Bears, the Browns went to Platteville to practice with the Bears. So, Ferentz and Wannstedt got to know each other better there, too.

-Ferentz on Pitt: “They’re probably a little bit like us in that they do what they do and do it over and over.”

-A lot of talk about baseball today during Ferentz’s news conference … comparing the QB situation to starting and relief pitching. That’ll be in my story later today.

-Talked to Brett Morse and Jeremiha Hunter for a bit, and I’ll have stories on both later this week. Turns out Hunter, a Pennsylvania native was a high school rival of Pitt running back LeSean McCoy. Hunter says he’s got the good on McCoy and can read when he’s going to get the ball. The two are good friends and actually talked on the phone this week. Morse was a high school quarterback who was recruited to college as an outside linebacker. Now, he’s ended up at fullback for the Hawkeyes. Again, I’ll have more on both those guys later this week.

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