Iowa running back Kaleb Johnson has ‘realistic’ chance of playing against Purdue

Iowa running back Kaleb Johnson carries the ball during spring practice at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday, April 22, 2023. (Nick Rohlman/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Iowa operating again Kaleb Johnson may doubtlessly play Saturday within the Hawkeyes’ recreation towards Purdue, head coach Kirk Ferentz signaled Wednesday night throughout his weekly radio present.

“I feel he will give it a go,” Ferentz mentioned. “We’ll see, nevertheless it’s practical to suppose that he may be capable to play.”

Johnson, who has missed Iowa’s final three video games with an ankle harm, practiced this week. The Hamilton, Ohio, native was the workforce’s prime operating again as a real freshman in 2022, averaging 5.2 yards per carry with six touchdowns.

“It’d be nice to get Kaleb again,” Ferentz mentioned. “And anyone else that may be part of us, that’d be a terrific factor.”

Fellow operating again Jaziun Patterson, who has missed Iowa’s final two video games, “most likely per week or two away nonetheless” from returning, Ferentz mentioned.

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