Herman, Hamilton, Alston out for Insight Bowl

By Jordan Garretson

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Iowa tight ends Brad Herman and Ray Hamilton and linebacker Quinton Alston will miss Friday’s Insight bowl, coach Kirk Ferentz said Thursday.

Herman, a senior, is dealing with a sprained foot. Hamilton, a freshman, has a knee injury. Ferentz didn’t specify what is ailing Alston, another freshman.

Herman caught eight passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns this season, while Hamilton recorded one reception for 15 yards. Alston tallied seven tackles. Their absences will be felt on special teams.

“It affects your depth, obviously,” Ferentz said. “The good news, it’s one game. It’s not a month. It’s one game. That’s really how we’re approaching this whole thing. We just have to find a way here for 60 minutes.”

Scottsdale, Ariz.- Iowa football head coach Kirk Ferentz (left) and Oklahoma football head coach Bob Stoops (right) pose for a photo behind the Insight Bowl trophy during press conferences at the Camelback Inn on Thursday, December 29, 2011. Stoops and Ferentz worked together on the Hawkeyes' coaching staff under Hayden Fry in the 1980s. Iowa and Oklahoma will face each other in the Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium on Friday, December 30, 2011. (The Daily Iowan/Christy Aumer)

Starting right tackle Markus Zusevics will participate in Thursday’s team walkthrough and should be OK for Friday’s game. He didn’t attend Wednesday’s Media Day event due to what Ferentz described as a “24-hour type” stomach bug.

Ferentz said another player experienced the same symptoms Wednesday night but the issue seems to be contained.

“We usually go through it in the fall, and we did this year like always where it starts going around campus,” Ferentz said. “This was one isolated case and then we had another guy. I was just happy it was resolved quicky. Those can be tricky. But it looks like it was pretty innocuous.”

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