Fullback depth still depleted; Kirk Ferentz shoos legacy talk

Rick Brown
Converted linebacker John Kenny (47) is scheduled to start at fullback for Iowa for the third straight week in the place of injured Macon Plewa.


Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said that fullback Macon Plewa will miss his third straight game with a shoulder injury in his weekly news conference on Tuesday.

Converted linebacker John Kenny is listed as the starter. Iowa lost returning starter Adam Cox to a knee injury in fall camp.

"We had a real good feel about what we had there with Adam and Macon, and now we're down two," Ferentz said.

Ferentz said the staff decided on using Kenny at fullback through "trial and error." Kenny has started each of the past two games.

TOP 10: Saturday's win at Pittsburgh moved Ferentz into the Big Ten's career top 10 for victories at the same school. Ferentz has 111 victories at Iowa, which ties for 10th with former Ohio State coach John Cooper.

Ferentz, apparently, was unaware of the achievement.

"We'll think about that stuff later on," Ferentz said. "I'm not sure what happened."

Ferentz sounded a little gunshy talking about accomplishments.

"I think I did something of note in East Lansing in 2012, and we didn't win a game the next six times out," Ferentz said.

Iowa's 19-16 double overtime victory at Michigan State in 2012 was Ferentz's 100th victory at Iowa. The Hawkeyes lost the final six games that season to finish 4-8.

Next up for Ferentz on the list is Michigan's Fielding Yost, who is ninth with 113 victories.

NO GIMMIES: Iowa is a two-touchdown favorite in Saturday's Big Ten opener at Purdue, but Ferentz didn't sound like a favorite.

"My guess is all eight of these (Big Ten games) are going to be dogfights," Ferentz said. "If we don't show up, we'll be the dogs."