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Hawks look to learn from mistakes as they prepare for Pitt

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Steele Jantz was a nightmare for the Hawkeye defense-- the Cyclone junior made plays with both his feet and his arm leading ISU to victory with 4 touchdowns in their final 4 drives--

Lebron Daniel said, "It was very disappointing, very hard feeling, very hard to swallow. At the same time, that's football, you have to swallow it, look at it, and try to get better as soon as possible."

Jantz was just one of a number of dual threat quarterbacks the Hawks have had difficulty containing-- and with another on deck in Pittsburgh's Tino Sunseri-- the Hawkeye defenders know they need to get better.

" It's the truth that we haven't gotten it done versus quarterbacks like that, so we just focus on improving and looking at getting better," says Daniel.

One other thing Iowa hopes to improve is their depth at running back-- Freshman Mik'ail McCall started the season as Marcus Coker's back-up before suffering a season ending enjury against Tennessee Tech-- as a result Coker, with 35 carries, was the only back to touch the ball against the Cyclones.

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"Certainly Jason White is the next in line, then with Mik'ail being out, I think I mentioned last week we moved Damon Bullock back there. We'll continue to prep him, and he'll probably be the next guy in the game, says Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.

 Marcus Coker says there's one area where he needs to improve to help the team past the Panthers on Saturday

"The one that sticks out the most is definitely hang on to the football better. Two fumbles the first game and one the second is not acceptable."

 

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