Kirk Ferentz barely asked about QBs; Willies may play

Rick Brown

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Quarterback Jake Rudock returned against Indiana after missing the previous game and a half, and he threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns in leading a 45-29 win.

How did his coach grade the performance?

"I don't know if it was titanic," Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday of Rudock's 19-of-27 passing day.

Jake Rudock scrambles against Indiana during Iowa's 45-29 win on Oct. 11.

"It wasn't a Kodak moment. But he played really well. We expect him to play well."

Ferentz said that quarterback "is one position I feel pretty good about," with Rudock and C.J. Beathard,

Ferentz said the two-quarterback attack is still on the table, and Beathard would likely play against the 4-2 Terrapins.

But Tuesday's news conference was a far cry from a week ago, when virtually every question centered on the quarterback position.

"Just kind of a quiet day," Ferentz remarked. "We're even talking about the team we're playing this week."

Walsh, Plewa, Willies updates: Ferentz said that fullback Macon Plewa, who missed three games earlier this season with a shoulder injury but returned to play against Indiana, will miss the Maryland game.

"Everybody else has a chance to make it," Ferentz said.

That includes redshirt freshman Derrick Willies, who missed last week's game. Ferentz said Willies was expected to return to practice Tuesday.

Right guard Jordan Walsh, who injured an ankle on the second play from scrimmage last week against Indiana, is listed No. 1 on this week's depth chart. But Ferentz said Walsh's availability will depend on his progress this week.

Impressed by Coleman: Ferentz was impressed with Indiana running back Tevin Coleman on film as he prepared for last week's game.

"It's another thing when you're actually on the field with them, and witness them playing first hand," Ferentz said. "Really good players tend to separate themselves a little bit out there. There's no question when he ran past our bench it was pretty impressive."

Coleman rushed for 219 yards in just 15 carries against Iowa last week, including touchdown runs of 83, 45 and 69 yards. He now leads the nation in rushing at 176.7 yards a game.

"Watching it on film (afterwards) it was like, 'Holy smokes, this guy is really a good football player,' " Ferentz said. "We knew that coming in. It was amplified even more when he ran right through us on Saturday."

Scherff accolades: Iowa left offensive tackle Brandon Scherff was named to ESPN's mid-season all-American team Tuesday. ESPN's mid-season all-Big Ten team included Scherff, defensive tackle Carl Davis and cornerback Desmond King.