Ferentz discusses this week's plans for Jonathan Parker
IOWA CITY, Ia. -- Freshman running back Jonathan Parker showed flashes of his speed the past two weeks, turning a jet-sweep into a 21-yard gain against Northern Iowa.
He also fumbled twice against Ball State, which the Cardinals turned into 10 points. Despite the mixed results, coach Kirk Ferentz plans to keep Parker part of the gameplan.
"You have to ride the elevator a little bit with young players, at times," Ferentz said. "That's just the way it goes. He's a fast guy, but he's really earned the right to be on the field."
IN-STATE BATTLES: The rivalry between Iowa and Iowa State goes year-round, especially when comes to recruiting.
Ferentz traces the competition back to when Dan McCarney was in charge of the Cyclones, starting in the mid-1990s.
Ferentz was asked if in-state recruiting is more difficult now.
"The answer is no," Ferentz said. "When I got here (in 1999) it was tougher. Dan McCarney did a wonderful job, and Paul (Rhoads) was on that staff. Dan's a bulldog recruiter, always has been.
"So it's been difficult for a long time, quite frankly."
THE OTHER KICKERS: There's been a lot of talk this week about the Iowa place-kickers. What about punting?
Dillon Kidd is averaging 36.6 yards on nine punts, after replacing incumbent Connor Kornbrath.
"They'll continue to compete," Ferentz said. "I think (Kidd) is doing OK. He's competing with a guy who has played and done well and practiced well, too. Everybody's got to keep pushing and keep working here if we're going to improve."