Ferentz: Scheel will play Saturday against Iowa State

Mark Emmert
memmert@gannett.com

Sophomore wide receiver Jay Scheel is in line to play for Iowa this weekend, coach Kirk Ferentz said on his radio show Wednesday.

Scheel missed last week's season opener against Miami of Ohio with a leg injury. He is listed as the backup to Jerminic Smith on the Hawkeyes' depth chart for this Saturday's 6:30 p.m. home game against Iowa State.

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Jay Scheel was in uniform Saturday but didn't play against Miami of Ohio. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said his sophomore wide receiver should be able to go this Saturday against Iowa State.

Scheel has yet to catch a pass in a college game, but would give the Hawkeyes an option to stretch the field against the Cyclones. Ferentz said Scheel has been practicing this week and will play, although he didn't know how much.

The news is not as good for sophomore defensive end Parker Hesse. Hesse left Saturday's 45-21 win over the RedHawks after straining a muscle in his leg while returning a first-quarter fumble. Ferentz said he has been spending practice time with the training staff this week and that he was "further away" from being able to play Saturday than Scheel is.

If Hesse can't play, look for redshirt freshman Anthony Nelson to get his first start at defensive end for Iowa.

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