Mike Klis, 9NEWS Broncos Insider 9:06 p.m. MST December 3, 2015CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 01: James Ferentz #53 of the Iowa Hawkeyes prepares to snap the ball against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Soldier Field on September 1, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Iowa defeated Northern Illinois 18-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)ENGLEWOOD – Forgive backup center James Ferentz if his mind is distracted during the Denver Broncos’ team meetings Saturday night in San Diego.Ferentz’s hometown team and alma mater, the Iowa Hawkeyes – who are coached by his father Kirk Ferentz – will be playing Michigan State in the Big Ten title game. Winner advances to the four-team playoff for the national championship.Proud of pop?”I am. This is a special team,” James Ferentz said from inside the Broncos’ locker room at UCHealth Training Center. “I know how hard they’ve worked, especially from how poorly we were playing in 2012. But that really goes to the players. They’ve got a special group of kids right now. They’ve got a quarterback now [C.J. Beathard] who can really lead that group. It’s a real special team. I got to go back and train with them in the summer. You could kind of tell this was a group with a chip on their shoulder and they were talented. They weren’t just run of the mill.”If that doesn’t sound like a coach’s kid. Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak places a high priority on smarts in his players, so it’s no wonder Ferentz was claimed off waivers from the Houston Texans a week prior to this season. He has been active for all 10 Broncos games this year, playing sparingly on special teams and as the occasional short-yardage extra blocker.As the Big Ten title game kicks off, Ferentz will be settled in the team hotel in San Diego, where his Broncos will play the Chargers on Sunday afternoon.“Hopefully I get to watch most of it.”James Ferentz”Hopefully I get to watch most of it,” Ferentz said. “I know we’ll have meetings for the last half of that game.”Ferentz grew up in Iowa City as his dad has been the Hawkeyes’ head coach since 1999, or when James was 10 years old. James later became a three-year starting center for Iowa. The roughest football season was his senior year of 2012 when the Hawkeyes went 4-8. A record like that for a football … – Click Here To Visit Article Source