Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says three Hawkeyes who ran afoul of the law over the weekend will dress for Saturday’s game at Michigan State. That includes senior corner Micah Hyde, who was arrested for public intoxication and interference with official acts.
“All three guys have been exemplorary students, teammembers, haven’t had any problems during their carriers,” Ferentz says. He says on top of that they have some in house protocol they will follow.
Ferentz says it was the first offense for all three players. “I think you have to consider the resume of the people you’re involved with,” he says. Ferentz says Hyde had a bad weekend and feels terrible about it, but says Hyde has not had any other problems.
Hyde is no longer one of the captains on defense and Ferentz says he has changed curfew as a result of this past weekend. “It’s been adjusted and it’s not permanent. We’ve addressed this whole thing and we’ve moved on as long as people take the proper steps moving forward,” Ferentz says.
Running back Damon Bullock is expected to play this weekend after missing the past two games with a head injury. Ferentz says Bullock along with sophomore Mark Weisman have helped the ground game make major strides this season and they have both shown to be capable players with different styles. He says they will need them both, and if they play at the same time that will be good too.
Iowa is coming off a bye week and visits a Michigan State team that is 4-2 after rallying in the second half to win at Indiana. Ferentz says the Spartans have had 22 wins in the last 2 years combined and are playing really good football.
The teams have traded lopsided wins in Iowa City the past two years but the games in East Lansing have been low scoring a physical.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says the Spartans are making progress. Their two losses have been to Notre Dame and Ohio State, two teams ranked in the nation’s top ten.