Spring has not quite sprung, but for college football teams across the country, and specifically in the B1G, the time to lace ‘em up and get after it has once again arrived. While it seems like only yesterday Notre Dame was getting embarrassed in the sham and popularity contest they call the NCAA national title game, months have actually passed since most college teams have formally met and threw around the pig skin. Here at Know It All Football, we’ve got all the dirt (and artificial turf) you need to keep up to date on your favorite B1G team. In part 3 of our B1G spring preview, we take a look at the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Camp Opens: March 27th
Spring Game: April 27th
2012 is finally behind the Iowa Hawkeyes, but excuse me if I can’t quite get the bad taste of that season out of my mouth. The Hawks must first and foremost address the glaring hole at QB. The Iowa passing game was dead last in the conference in touchdown passes thrown in 2012. James Vandenberg has moved on (to the delight of most Iowa fans) but what is waiting in the stable is unproven and completely untested. Redshirt sophomore Jake Rudock has been foreseen as the future for the black and gold but he didn’t see a single snap last season. He will be pushed by junior college transfer Cody Sokol and redshirt freshman C.J. Beathard.
Quarterback uncertainty is hardly the only issue for Iowa this spring, but getting that shored up will undoubtedly help an offense that was completely stagnant last season. OC Greg Davis signed 5 WR’s in the 2013 class in hopes of bringing the speed needed on the outside to compliment a crowded backfield that returns starters Damon Bullock and Mark Weisman. Knowing Iowa’s luck at the running back position, the return of injured players Jordan Canzeri and Barkley Hill will undoubtedly help and will be needed.
While the defense didn’t set the world on fire in 2012, you have to believe that with a little help from an offense that ranked near the bottom of the conference in every major statistical term, they will once again flourish.
While stability in the coaching staff used to be head coach Kirk Ferentz’s calling card, the team is replacing 3 assistant coaches for the 2nd year in a row. Will the shake-up help breath life back into the program? Or, will it be a scapegoat for pundits to use like it was in 2012?
Whatever the result, there is no doubt things are changing in Iowa City. Just last week, the Hawkeyes announced they would hold their annual spring practice game in the state capital of Des Moines. The change in venue and city just happens to coincide with, and is being held the same day as, rival Iowa State’s annual spring game and is now just 30 miles away. That’s a very calculated move by the Iowa program and it shows a true sign of change in Iowa City.
BY RYAN OSBAHR ON MARCH 21, 2013