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1st just what were your predictions before the season?
2nd just what did you expect out of a team with so many 1st year starters, that includes so many RSFR and RSSO?
going into this season there were just 4 SR starters on Offense and 4 SR starters on defense.
3* QB JVB
4* WR Keenan Davis
3* C Ferentz
former walkon LG Tobin on offense
2* Gaglione SDE
2* Bigach DT
former walk on Donatel S
2* Hyde CB
Thought we'd go 7-5 with such an easy schedule.
Expected more from JVB and Keenan
Tobin was average like I thought he'd be
Ferentz was pretty solid like I thought he'd be.
Hyde was pretty good like I thought he'd be
Donatel was frustrating as expected. I think if Law would have had more reps at 1st team in the spring and fall he would have been more prepared when he did come in. Regardless, I still thought he should start over Donatell. Tommy just wasn't quick enough to play safety. Constantly got burnt and wasn't a good tackler.
Our DL was garbage against the pass as expected
The schedule couldn't have been much easier this year. I did think Iowa had some holes heading into the season, but considering the schedule, I was still thinking there were 6-8 wins on the schedule, with 9 or 10 wins being a slight possibility if some young guys emerged as stars.
I predicted 5, but if I was being honest and not overly pessimistic, I would have said 7. I had no idea how bad JVB and the offense would be. Very frustrating and never thought I would miss KOK.
I thought I was realistic when I guessed 10-2 before the season started. But with the benefit of hindsight, I was not too far off......IF our QB had played up to the levels of 2011. Based on 2011 QB performance, we should have had about 100 yards and 7 points more every game last Fall. It would have also cause a reflective 3-4 point a game deterioration in the opponents success. Add 10 points per game to the final results and We would have been beaten by Michigan and PSU, but no one else. Let's hope next years QB production returns to those higher levels. I don't want to ever endure a season like last years was.
Expected 9-4, and got a lousy 4-8.
This post was edited by NYCHawkeye 18 months ago
I expected Iowa's record to be the reverse of what it turned out to be--at least 8-4, if not 9-3. I expected wins over ISU and Central Michigan, Indiana and Purdue, as I'm assuming you all did, too. No one knew what BOB would do at PSU following the sanctions and defections by key players (K Anthony Fera to Texas, WR Justin Brown to Oklahoma, RB Silas Redd to USC), so I would have pegged them a push on the road against a team with a 3,000 yard QB. And Northwestern turned out to be the surprise of the conference and if they hadn't blown three leads in the 4th quarter and learned how to close, might have been undefeated conference champs playing in the Rose Bowl.
You were in every game you lost with the exceptions of PSU, Northwestern and Michig@n but losing 5 games by a total of 16 points...I'm not sure what that's about. Lack of conditioning? No confidence? Playing not to lose instead of to win? I think if you'd won those two close OOC games against ISU and CMU, the entire complexion of your season may have changed in terms of player confidence/swagger, Davis's offensive play calling, etc.
And you would have conceivably been 6-0 instead of 4-2 when 4-2 PSU came to town. And that's the team I'd compare Iowa to--at the start of the season, Ferentz was a known coaching commodity while O'Brien was a complete unknown, and no one would have dared compare Matt McGloin to James Vandenberg. The Nits also lost two OOC games against teams they should have beaten (Ohio and Virginia) and you both lost 1,200-yard/all-B1G caliber RBs who were replaced by fullbacks disguised as tailbacks but where PSU, BOB and McGloin stepped up and rebounded, Iowa, Ferentz and Vandenberg slipped and fell.
I see you having a fairly favorable schedule again this year. Your puzzle has a lot of battle-tested pieces. Big question is who's going to step up and lead, and I don't just mean QB--leadership starts with seniors and coaches.
From the end of the bowl game, I stood by what many considered to be a very pessimistic or 6-6, despite the schedule. Little did I know I was still looking through rose-colored glasses and we bomb out with a 4-8 lifetime scar on our behinds.
This is a very good analysis.
7 - 5
keeping key players healthy will be key, the injury to Weismen at the end of the MSU game hurt Iowa but what hurt was losing 2 of Iowa's best OL in Scherff and Donnall, played a big part in losses to Indiana and Purdue and to a degree, Nebraska.
again Iowa is not deep enough to sustain those type of injuries, that problem is being rectified,
next year Iowa will have something they have not had in a couple of years and that is a RB
as for the QB. Stanzi never took a snap as a RSFR and turned out just fine, 9-4 as a RSSO and 11-2 as a RSJR, as a RSSR he had his best season stats wise, but in the end it was the defense that let this team down because of INJURIES,
221 - 345 3004 yards 64.1 %, 25 TD'S 6 INT's QB rating 157.6
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