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Hawks expect another battle with UNI

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -  Five years ago, it took a pair of blocked field goals for the Hawkeyes to escape the Panthers. Two years ago in another competitive game Iowa needed 3 Mark Weisman touchdowns to pull out an 11 point win.

Now with the Panthers at full strength Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz knows his team's in for another battle.

When these guys are healthy and ready to go, they're going to be a challenging opponent,” said Ferentz, “and we'd better be at our best, I know that.”

The Hawkeyes expect some big things as well with one of their deepest receiving corps in years and a backfield that's in much better shape than it was the last time they faced UNI.

I was more preparing to be a fullback that game than a running back,” said the now senior Weisman, “I'm preparing to be a running back this game.”

The UNI Panthers expect to come to Kinnick Stadium and try to do some big things on the ground as well. On Monday, UNI quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen called David Johnson a guy who should be playing in the SEC. There's no doubt Johnson will have the Hawkeyes full attention.

"He's big, athletic, shifty. He's just a playmaplay makerd senior defensive tackle Carl Davis, “He can make something out of nothing.”

Johnson's had major success in openers against FBS teams. Two years ago he tallied 125 all purpose yards and 2 touchdowns at Wisconsin. Last season that increased to 240 yards and 4 touchdowns in a win at Iowa State. That's of concern to Ferentz.

In the early season they don't seem to mind where they go or who they play, they go and play well. So if we're surprised by that, which we were in '09 for whatever reason, we'd better change our attitude on that one.”
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