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Scherff unlikely to play as Hawks prepare for Cyclones

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -  Kirk Ferentz wouldn't confirm reports of Brandon Scherff's meniscus surgery, calling the All-American's status as day to day, but the players made available to the press on Tuesday fully expect him to not be in the line-up Saturday.

Scherff was also seen entering the Iowa football complex on crutches.

For the Hawkeyes, that means it's the next man in, and that's likely Ike Boettger, the Cedar Falls native, who would get his first start in Kinnick Stadium.

"I'm sure Ike will do a great job,” said quarterback Jake Rudock, “It's just one of those things that happens. It's the season. Guys are going to get nicked up.”

The loss of Scherff doesn't exactly help an Iowa run game that's been mediocre in the first 2 contests, averaging less than 150 yards per game. On the other side, the run defense has been one of the Cyclones weaknesses so far, and the Hawks hope to exploit that.

"We've got to work toward that,” said running back Mark Weisman, “We've got to work and have a good week of preparation. Practice is where it's going to happen, and hopefully we'll show up on the game field."

"The 5 guys up front, we'll figure it out,” agreed Rudock, “We'll get it going and get them ready to go, run the ball well, and get our running backs get some grooves going."

That's important for a game that just has a little more meaning for the teams on both sidelines.

"It definitely does,” said Weisman, “I've been around here long enough to know what it means. You learn that your first year here."

"Iowa State, they really don't like us,” said linebacker Quinton Alston, “We really don't like them, so there's an extra little edge this week."

One bit of motivation for Iowa has been occurring already in the facility. Football staff has been playing the Iowa State fight song in the lockerroomlocker room, and it's something the Hawks don't want to hear much on Saturday.

"I don't really like that, but I guess it's more of a mental thing just getting that hatred for them,” said defensive back Greg Mabin, “because it's more annoying than anything."

Kevonte Martin-Manley agreed.

"I'm not too familiar with too many fight songs, but it's pretty annoying in the locker room.
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