Ferentz & Hawkeyes keeping “ear to ground” for possible graduate transfer at RB

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Last season the Hawkeyes picked up graduate transfer James Butler from Nevada to help bolster their backfield.

They could be looking for a similar situation this year with only Ivory Kelly-Martin and Toren Young with experience in the running back room.

“We’re open to any possibilities, so we’re gonna keep sorting through it,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “We feel really good about the two guys that are one and two right now on our roster, but that being said we’re thin there.” 

Butler’s addition gave the Hawks a legitimate backup to Akrum Wadley in 2017. Kirk Ferentz said he welcomes more bodies at such a demanding position, even with a couple talented ball carriers on the roster, and some promising freshmen coming to Iowa City this summer.

“With running backs, you know, you never feel comfortable with just two guys in the game. You wanna have at least three guys you can get in there and feel confident with them playing,” Ferentz said. 

Another one-year solution isn’t ideal, but Ferentz said running back is one of the few areas he’s confident a grad transfer can earn immediate playing time.

“I think it’s a position where they have an easier, a better, chance, better opportunity to maybe get a grip on things,” Ferentz said. “So we’ll keep an ear to the ground, but nothing firm at this point.”

Ferentz said the offensive line could also be a position where depth is a concern. He did mention, however, that adding a graduate transfer was not likely since it would be tough for a guy to get up to speed in the trenches.

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