Carl Davis excited for matchup against Cyclones' Farniok

Rick Brown

Saturday's Cy-Hawk rivalry showdown could involve some helmet-to-helmet collisions between two of the best players on the field – Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis and Iowa State center Tom Farniok.

"He's a real competitive guy," Davis said of Farniok. "He comes up and tries to finish guys. He's someone I'm looking forward to playing against. Hopefully I can make my mark."

Davis said he didn't really understand the passion for the Iowa-Iowa State rivalry when he arrived on campus from Detroit.

"I remember when I first got here, Mike Daniels (now with the Green Bay Packers) was telling me about this rivalry," Davis said. "I was like, 'Whatever.' But it means a lot to the state, a lot to our organization. We want to go 3-0."

TROPHY TALK: The Iowa Corn Growers (formerly Cy-Hawk) Trophy is on the line Saturday. Enough said.

"There's a trophy for a reason," Iowa senior wide receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley said Wednesday. "That means the game is special. We don't get a chance to play for trophies every week. When you get the chance, you really want to go get it."

Iowa has possession of the winner's trophy after a 27-21 victory at Iowa State last season. The Hawkeyes also have Floyd of Rosedale after winning 23-7 at Minnesota. But Wisconsin has the Heartland Trophy after winning 28-9 at Kinnick Stadium.

Martin-Manley looks to be right in the middle of the action on Saturday. He has made eight catches in both Iowa games so far, for a team-best 132 yards. He's clearly become one of quarterback Jake Rudock's top targets.

"I take a lot of pride in my route-running, and getting open," Martin-Manley said. "Jake sees it and he comes to me. We have confidence I can make those big plays."

KICKING GAME UNSETTLED: Ferentz said that a decision will be made on who does Saturday's place-kicking during practice this week.

Marshall Koehn missed two of three field goals, and Mick Ellis was wide left on his only attempt, in last week's 17-13 victory over Ball State.

"Right now, we'll see what practice looks like and make a decision sometime at the end of the week," Ferentz said.