The Iowa junior defensive tackle liked what he saw from Parker Hesse.
Iowa isn't officially ruling out injured starters Drew Ott and LeShun Daniels Jr. for Saturday's 7:12 p.m. game against Pittsburgh.
Both players were listed on the Hawkeyes' depth chart released Monday.
Ott, a senior defensive end, suffered a left arm injury Saturday while scrambling for a late-first-quarter fumble in Iowa's 31-17 victory at Iowa State. Daniels, a junior running back, left with a right-ankle injury following a 1-yard carry with about 5 minutes left in the second quarter.
"Both of them have fairly significant injuries," head coach Kirk Ferentz told university-owned HawkeyeSports.com on Sunday night. "Won't rule them out for this week yet. We'll see how it goes. We're hopeful they can get back, but we can't count on that so we have to proceed right now like they're not going to be there."
In an interview that aired Monday morning on Big Ten Network, Ferentz offered on the injuries that he "got decent news yesterday. And we've got five days to get ready, plus a couple extra hours with it being a night game. So we've got our fingers crossed."
Ferentz will hold his weekly news conference with Iowa media at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Ott, Iowa's best defender who was overpowering in the season-opening 31-14 win over Illinois State, emerged Saturday after treatment in the Iowa locker room with his left arm in a sling. Ferentz has provided no specifics on the type or extent of the injury. Parker Hesse, a redshirt freshman, took over for Ott against Iowa State and finished with three tackles.
A picture from inside the locker room after the game was posted on Facebook showing Ott's left arm out of the sling and posing with defensive line mates surrounding the Cy-Hawk trophy.
Jordan Canzeri got every running-back carry after Daniels (eight rushes, 56 yards) left Saturday. Canzeri, a fifth-year senior, finished with 124 rushing yards on 24 attempts and caught one pass for 19 yards. He has 261 yards through two games (152 rushing, 109 receiving).
Of Daniels' injury after Saturday's win, Canzeri offered this optimistic quote: "He'll be fine. He'll be ready for the next game."
In other housekeeping news revealed Monday:
--Jameer Outsey has moved onto the depth chart, sharing second-team tight end duties with George Kittle, who has been limited by a strained knee.
--Joshua Jackson is now sharing backup cornerback duties with Sean Draper. Jackson, a redshirt freshman who was moved to wide receiver in the spring, was effective in Iowa's dime package against Iowa State.
--A kickoff time of 2:30 p.m. has been set for Iowa's Sept. 26 game vs. North Texas. The game will be televised by ESPNU. The Mean Green are coached by former Hawkeye assistant and Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney.