It will be standing room only at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines on Sunday when the Iowa football team conducts an open practice as part of spring drills. Hawkeye fans scooped up all the tickets in a matter of hours this past weekend.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says they are excited about the opportunity to come to central Iowa and say “thank you” to fans along with the people in western Iowa and Nebraska who support them. A clear leader at quarterback has yet to emerge.
Jake Rudock, Kody Sokol and C.J. Beatherd are vying to become the new signal caller and Ferentz says they have all been rotating through and getting an equal amount of work.
Linebacker James Morris says the players are looking forward to practicing in front of fans. “this will be something different and a chance for us to be in a new environment,” Morris says. He says there are a lot of fans in central Iowa who don’t get a chance to see them in the fall.
Morris leads an experienced group at linebacker that he feels has potential. “I’m certainly not going to say we are there yet, I’m not the person to ask that. I like the group that we have, I think we have the opportunity to be successful, but none of that is certain, we’ve got to make it happen,” Morris says.