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Hawkeyes' Ferentz supports offensive coordinator Greg Davis

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Iowa lost a hard-fought rivalry game to Iowa State, and of course some hard-core Hawkeye fans are angry enough to run someone out of town.

The target for much of their displeasure is Iowa's struggling offense under offensive coordinator Greg Davis.

It's true -- the Iowa offense has been less than stellar this season. Through the first three games, the Hawkeyes leading rusher is Mark Weisman with 96 total yards, or an average of 32 yards a game.

And the Hawks are scoring just under 22 points a game ---which ranks 102nd out of 128 in the nation. But it's just three games in.

Fans are criticizing the play calling, personnel moves, blocking schemes, or just about anything associated with the Hawkeye offense.

The lack of offensive production have some calling for Greg Davis's job.

But Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz stands firmly behind his offensive coordinator.

"If we were getting 500 yards a game, 35, 40 points a game, he'd be doing great," Ferentz said. "But we're not. It's coaching. He's been around, too. He knows the drill.

"But Greg is an outstanding teacher," he continued. "He's an outstanding human being. He's a solid person. If you coach, especially if you coach and have a long career, you're going to go through highs, you're going to go through lows. If you don't go through the highs, you probably are in a different profession at some given point.

"But if you're in it long enough, you're going to get your tail kicked. That's just the way it goes. That's part of the deal. If you can't deal with it, you probably have to do something else. Greg is stellar. Unbelievable. I can go down the list of everybody on our staff. We've got outstanding coaches."

The Hawkeyes travel to play Pitt on Saturday.
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