How long does Greg Davis intend to coach?

Rick Brown

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – If Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis has any thoughts of retirement, he's not sharing them.

"I don't know," Davis said Monday when asked how long he wanted to coach. "I'm healthy and good-looking. We'll see."

Davis, 63, in his third season at Iowa and a 40-year veteran of the coaching profession, has been under fire this season as the Hawkeyes' offense has struggled to find consistency.

Davis makes it a policy of writing back to every letter writer who includes a name and an address.

"I tell them, 'I appreciate your thoughts and we'll continue to try and get better,' " Davis said.

Asked if he's received a large of amount of mail since the end of the season, Davis said, "Actually, not bad. We moved buildings (to the new football operations center). Maybe some of it hasn't caught up."

Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis

Running back depth: Davis said Iowa's depth at running back will be better than it's been in some time with the return of LeShun Daniels, who missed the final five games following surgery on his ankle.

"He's been able to go full bore," Davis said. "(Jordan) Canzeri has looked better and Akrum (Wadley) has had a really good time between Iowa City and here."

Mark Weisman, who was seen practicing with a shoulder brace earlier in the week, is also good to go.

"We'll play those guys and rotate them in," Davis said. "Hopefully somebody will get a hot hand."

Well prepared: Iowa's decision to use quarterbacks Jake Rudock and C.J. Beathard on Friday won't catch Tennessee off guard.

"We'll be prepared for both," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said.

Rudock has taken 402 snaps this season, passing for 2,404 yards and rushing for 154. Beathard has taken 89 snaps, passing for 500 yards and rushing for 74.


TaxSlayer Bowl

Iowa (7-5) vs. Tennessee (6-6)

2:20 p.m. Friday

Jacksonville, Fla.