Iowa football: Hawks still recovering from injuries prior to Minnesota

With undefeated Minnesota coming to Kinnick, the Iowa football team can use everyone it has. Unfortunately, they’ll likely be without three starters still.

The amount of injuries, and the way they have lingered this season has been quite the anomaly for the Iowa football team. I remember writing injury reports last season where there was just one guy out or a guy suspended, but never three starters for multiple weeks.

Yet, here we are again.

At least this time, the three starters that have been out (Kristian Welch, Nate Wieting, and Brandon Smith) are all making progress according to Kirk Ferentz.

In his press conference yesterday, he noted that Smith won’t likely be back against Minnesota, but he is running and cutting with trainers so there is definitely hope the Iowa football team could get their star receiver back by Illinois. In his absence, redshirt freshman Tyrone Tracy Jr has stepped up admirably and shown the Iowa football team’s coaching staff that he is the future at the receiver position.

Injury-wise, it seems like Kristian Welch is in the same boat with his relatively undisclosed injury. Per Kirk, he’s been working out some, and he was named team captain again this week, but we are likely to see a heavy dosage of Dillon Doyle with a splash of Jack Campbell against versus Minnesota.

In slightly more promising news, it sounds like starting tight end Nate Wieting could be back Saturday after dressing last Saturday. But if we’re being honest, I feel like the combo of Shaun Beyer and freshman Sam LaPorta may have taken a bit more of Wieting’s playing time away during his absence than originally anticipated.

For Minnesota, their only significant injury is too defensive player Kamal Martin, who is Minnesota’s second-leading tackler. After sitting out against Penn State though, he’s likely going to be full-force against the Hawkeyes this Saturday.