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Hawks hoping for more comfortable opener in 2010

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- For the second straight year the Iowa Hawkeyes open up against an FCS top 25 team named the Panthers.  The hope is, that's where the similarities end.

''I think the moral of the story is there are just not a lot of easy games and if you go into a game thinking it's going to be anything less than competitive, you're going to suffer for that,'' said Hawkeye head football coach Kirk Ferentz.  ''I'm not saying that we did that last year but as it turns out, we played a team that was very good and they were ready to play and we -- I don't think we looked great.''

''We don't like to look back but definitely there's a lot of things we can learn from last year's first game.  It came down to the wire and definitely we don't want that story again this year so we're just going to be working harder this week and preparing for a tough opponent,'' said runningback Adam Robinson.

''We just need to worry about us, we don't need to worry so much about what rank an opponent has or what outside news is saying about a certain team.  It doesn't really matter to us because the game's played on the field and we have to be as well prepared as possible,'' said Hawkeye quarterback Ricky Stanzi.

Coach Ferentz addressed that we also may see some freshmen getting some significant playing time including Solon product James Morris is expected to appear on special teams and the highly touted C.J. Fiedorowicz is expected to see reps at tight end.

Online reporter:  Jason Epner

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