IOWA CITY(KWWL)–Iowa Offense Banged Up/Iowa City
Brandon Smith has solidified himself as one of Nate Stanley’s go to guys — the Iowa junior leads the Hawks with 33 receptions this season–
Nate Stanley/Iowa Senior Quarterback
“He’s a very physical guy. He’s a big guy. He does a good job in the run game, too. He’s just physical all around and just takes care of his business.
This Saturday — however — that production has to come from somewhere else
Against Purdue — Smith tallied 9 receptions for 106 yards — that last reception turned out to be costly as he limped off the field with an injured right leg — it’s a tough blow for the Hawks — but the game goes on —
Kirk Ferentz/Iowa Head Coach
“That’s part of football. We’ve gone through it already this season in a couple of spots and you just make adjustments and keep playing.”
“Smith’s absence may not seem like that big of a deal since Iowa travels to face a Northwestern team with just a single win this season — however — the Wildcats seem to have the Hawks number lately in the series”
Cedrick Lattimore/Iowa Senior Defensive Tackle
“Northwestern beat us the last three years, so you come in to this game you’ve got kind of a chip on your shoulder a little bit.”
And while Smith’s production will be missed — Nate Stanley expects others — like Tyrone Tracy who’s show flashes with 15 receptions this season — to step in and fill the void.
“I feel like a lot of our guys have the ability to make those plays. We feel that whoever is out on the field has the ability to make plays for us.”
In Iowa City — Mark Woodley — News Seven KWWL —