The Iowa Hawkeyes prepare for their first road game this weekend when they visit the University of Pittsburgh. The Hawks are 3-0 after a 17-5 win over Iowa State. Coach Kirk Ferentz says they expect it to "be quite a challenge" and will they are happy about the win over Iowa State, they have to bounce back and get ready to go.
Ferents says the situation at quarterback is "clearly cloudy". Jake Christensen came into the game against Iowa State for starter Rick Stanzi and Ferentz says both may continue to play until one them can win the job. Ferentz says if they played today, Christensen will be the starter, but they are going to see how it goes in practice. He says he’s not being coy as it won’t matter to Pitt as they will be the same team whoever is at Q.B.
Ferentz says he will make a decision on who starts the game against Pitt based on practice this week. He says it won’t be anything dramatic and won’t impact the game. Ferentz says from what he’s seen over the past several weeks, both are doing a good job.
Ferentz says he is not concerned about the position because he feels the Hawks can win with either one in the game, as they see them every day and he is at ease because he believes both guys are doing well. Ferentz says he was happy with the way the Hawks responded in a tough game. He says they knew going in that it was going to be tough and he expects the next 9 games will be the same way.
Iowa’s defense has still not allowed a touchdown but Ferentz says that unit still needs to make strides. He says they still have a lot of things they need to get better at, as he says the margin for error will continue to close down in the coming games. Pitt is 1-1.