Northern Iowa football coach Mark Farley enters his second season with what some would consider a blessing, and some a curse. Faley has two quarterbacks who started last season. He says senior Griff Jurgens and sophomore Tom Petrie are both listed as even on the depth chart as practice starts this fall. He says the job won’t be one or lost in one or two practices, it’ll be decided over several weeks. Farley says he’ll let his quarterbacks go all out without the worry of a quick hook, as he doesn’t want them to look over their shoulders.The former linebacker expects to take a similar approach with his defense. He says he’ll let the young people go and develop.Senior running back Adam Benge, of Ankeny, returns after rushing for 1,383 yards last year. His says being picked first in the Gateway Conference preseason poll is a challenge. Griff Jurgens, is a senior QB from Chatham Illinois, who played in eight games last year. He agrees being picked to finish first is a good thing and says it brings confidence to the team.Richard Carter, Junior running back from Lansing Michigan, rushed for 957 yards last season. With 10 returning starters on offense, he feels that the Panthers should put a lot of points. Terrell Morgan, senior defensive tackle from Milwaukee, knows that UNI’s opponents starts out as the team to beatUNI opens the year August 29th against Wayne State of Michigan. They play at Oklahoma State, at home against Stephen F. Austin and on the road against Cal Poly before opening Gateway Conference play at home against Western Kentucky.
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