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Iowa Football: Alston to make first collegiate start Saturday

Iowa junior linebacker James Morris may be injured and may miss Saturday's game against Michgan after his backup -- Quinton Alston -- said Thursday night that he was making his first collegiate start.
Iowa junior linebacker James Morris may be injured and may miss Saturday's game against Michgan after his backup -- Quinton Alston -- said Thursday night that he was making his first collegiate start.
Troy Hyde

Iowa sophomore linebacker Quinton Alston said he is going to make his first collegiate start Saturday when the Hawkeyes stroll in to the Big House to take on nationally ranked Michigan at 11 a.m. on ESPN.

Alston stated Thursday night on his Facebook page that he was excited, blessed and thankful for the opportunity to be starting his first collegiate game.

That means Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz's hope to get his starting linebackers healthy was not successful.

"Guys that play a lot tend to be a little bit worn down or run down," Ferentz said Tuesday during his weekly press conference. "I think we have that case right now. But there's no reason to think that they don't have a chance to be ready Saturday, so that's what we have to do, get them ready to go."

No word was given yet on who Alston is starting for. He was listed behind middle linebacker James Morris on this week's depth chart, which was released Monday. Anthony Hitchens also was benched last week for what he called "performance reasons."

If Alston is starting Saturday, it will be for the first time in his career. He has played significant snaps this season but Iowa will still be losing a quality player in front of him, whoever that may be.

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