In partnership with CBSSports.com
The place for inside information on the Iowa Hawkeyes
The place to discuss general topics outside of Iowa
You have no favorite boards.
The most viewed topics.
The most replied to topics.
The most up-voted topics.
The most down-voted topics.
The most up-voted posters.
The most down-voted posters.
The most followed posters.
The defensive effort against the #14 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers has to provide the hope of brighter days ahead for
Hawkeye football fans.
And 2 other Big reasons are Faith Ekakitie and Jaleel Johnson, who presumably will bolster the
Defensive line, next year and for seasons to come.
Louie Trinca-Passat really showed me that he's going to be a force, next year on the defensive line.
Darian Cooper and Carl Davis are also going to be in the mix. Presumably, Dominc Alvis & Drew Ott may be
the early leaders for time at Defensive end, however this is a position that MUST improve in 2013.
All 3 starting linebackers return in 2013 and IF they can provide the kind of play they provided in the
Hawkeye effort against the Cornhuskers, that's going to be a salty group.
Although the backfield must replace Micah Hyde, with starters Tanner Miller, BJ Lowery and Nico Law set to
be back, there is some experience there. Hopefully, Torrey Campbell and Marcus Fleming can develop into
additional depth in the D-back ranks.
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
NO WAY Alvis won't be starting as a senior....not with Ferentz still in charge.
As it stands now Ott, Spears and perhaps McMinn will battle for the other starting DE spot.
On defense, I think Iowa will actually be better...the DL will be older/stronger, just need the two young studs (Johnson/Ekakitie) to step up sooner than is typically expected from RsFr. Davis is another guy who we're still waiting on to "show up"...he will probably be slotted to fill Bigach's spot as a starter. Cooper looks like he could be ready to explode, so Davis had better step it up. If the DL plays like our DL's from the past, that will make our small LBs that more effective. Hyde is a big loss, but the secondary will be fine.
This post was edited by Herkuleez 20 months ago
You both make a lot of great points here. I really think the key next year will be the defensive line, and the ends in particular. I like the talent and depth at defensive tackle. Alvis really needs to improve a lot this offseason, and someone has to emerge on the other side as a legitimate All-B1G type of defensive end. Iowa has really struggled at that position for the past two seasons.
The linebackers should once again be the strength of the defense, and I think there's enough talent and depth in the secondary to get the job done. As I said even before Iowa offered him, I think Sean Draper will be a star at corner. I like his chances of snagging a starting spot next year, but guys like Buford and Fleming will certainly be in the mix as well.
I think safety is also a big concern heading into 2013. I didn't think Miller or Law played at a high enough level this year for Iowa to challenge for the B1G title. IMO, neither one of them have proven that they should be penciled in as starters next year. Not saying they won't ultimately earn a starting spot, but those two positions should be wide open heading into spring practice. I'd love to see what Ruben Lile can do next year, as he provides a lot of the things that Miller doesn't at free safety.
Todd...totally agree about needing a playmaker at DE.
Any chance we will look at the JUCO ranks for an immediate upgrade?
What about prep schools, any talent there we might go after?
I realize Ferentz normally shies away from JUCO/prep-school kids, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
Our DT will be stack next year. Cooper & LTP really came on this season & guys like Jaleel, Davis, Faith (if he stays there) give a lot of depth.
DE's need to start juicing. They are undersized & overmatched. Hopefully since they have nothing else to do they start eating & doing power lifts today til August. If anybody has a good anadrol connection in Iowa City please hook these guys up.
Really what worries me the most is the offense. Calling plays a yard short of the first down marker on third down and not giving our defense a rest is something that does our defense no justice. Really just overall our offense scares me cause when our defense holds teams to under 20 points I expect to win & that didn't happen a couple times this year. 3 & outs and not scoring.
Safeties also worry me. Nico really wasn't all that impressive and Miller played like a highschooler the past 4 games.
And I see Coe chose ISU I think he did it out of spite for Iowa not sticking with him. That sucks though I think he would have been an impact right away. But I see he is 290 now at this pace he will be 350 by Senior year and on the o line
I'm still saying that Darian Cooper may be a Defensive End yet.
Players like Lowdermilk, Plewa, maybe Sean Draper, Kevin Buford figure into Def backfield, as well.
And I see there is a new RB recruit.......Andre Hunt? Illini prep? IDK
Lol, sky you make it so easy.
1.) Cooper is DT. He played DT in Highschool, he came in as a DT and only plays DT. He will never play a down as a DE at Iowa. Guaranteed
2.) Plewa is a MLB maybe OLB but he is not a DB. He will not figure into the defensive backfield, even if he could lose the weight and take .2 seconds off his forty time.
In the past they have rotated DEs and DTs around on the line. AC would line up inside and Klug would switch to DE. Different Dline coach now but you never know.
LTP showed me something last couple games this year. Word is at one point last year he was thinking about quitting the team. Wow can you imagine if he had quit? The Dline cant be any worse next year. In the secondary im looking forward to Lomax being healthy.
As you and most others know full well by this point, I love Drapers potential as well. I think he gets the starting CB spot opposite Lowery next year, but as you said he really will have to compete with Buford, Flemming and the already seemingly forgotten Jordan Lomax (HOPEFULLY Campbell can compete more as well). We should be extremely solid, but for the time being still pretty young and inexperienced at CB for a few years to come the way it's looking.
I really hope Miller isn't the coaches favorite to be starter next year unless he improves exponentially. Lile turned heads before he was injured in fall camp and was the B1G Network's player to watch when they came to Iowa City for their fall camp preview tour. Lile has the potential to give us a true athlete at FS which is something we really haven't had for a while. I'm excited to see if this season actually forces the coaches to rethink their damned prejudices that have kept young players from really having a shot to unseat the "veterans" at most positions. Examples: *EVER* playing Greg Castillo; not getting Rudock any PT in relief of Vandendoom.
Sine Missione -- Never be a spectator for unfairness or stupidity, argue for arguments sake; the grave will give plenty of time for silence.
1) Oh, so 'he played DT in high school' so he is always a DT? LOL. Marvin McNutt was a QB in high school and he never played a down of QB in college. Neither did DJK. Mitch King was a full back/mlb in high school. Never say never, young man.
2) Yeah, I know plenty about Plewa.........just threw him in there, as possibly being in the mix, like Lowdermilk for the 2 deeps, next year. Plewa did a good job on Spec teams this year a couple of games. And if my really cool idea of moving Kirksey to Strong safety works out, then perhaps Plewa steps up at OLB.
But the guy I like to make a splash, next season, on defense is Torrey Campbell,
Andre Hunt will be a preferred walk on next season and will start classes in January. He prepped at Hargrave Military Academy and went to high school at St Paul Cretin Derham Hall. He is good sized St 6 feet, 205 pounds and supposedly is very fast.
OK I'm confused. Did Flemming get moved back to db? I thought he was moved to WR this year? I'm also curious to see if Hill is a factor in the defensive backfield.
I assume Iowa will at least kick the tires on both fronts, but haven't heard anything specific yet. I'm definitely looking into it though.
Yes, I believe they now have M Fleming back at Safety, where he could be a very good fit.
The Jungles.......THANKS for the info on Andre Hunt,
Sounds a little bit like a 'tall' Fred Russell, who also came to Iowa from a prep.
And I've liked EVERY player I've seen out of Cretin-Derham. And especially I really liked
Hunt is from Minneapolis - the same high school Broderick Binns attended. He committed as a preferred walk-on.
You make a lot of great points here.
In terms of young talent and depth, I think cornerback and defensive tackle are the two best position groups on this team. The future at linebacker is a little unclear in terms of how good those young guys are going to be, but that's another potentially strong position group down the road. The only thing about that, though, is it's not ideal to lose all three starters at the same time. You'd generally like to have at least one holdover to help the new guys. Running back could also be up there assuming every stays healthy.
My bad - didn't see your post before I replied to his.
He's listed with the DBs per the official roster....but we seem pretty stacked there at the moment, and with his talent/speed, it would seem only natural to move him back to a position of need.
He should be at wr no question in my mind. They want speed and he has it. I was blown away that they moved him to db with our lack of depth and talent at wr
Yes, Fleming moved to cornerback during the season. When he camped at Iowa in June before his senior season, he'd never played corner before, but the Hawkeye coaches worked him out there. They offered him, told him he was their top corner on the board and that he had a great shot of making it to the NFL as a corner. Within 2-3 days, he committed to Iowa.
From my conversations with him, I think he always saw himself as an offensive player, but that camp at Iowa really opened his eyes, as the Hawkeyes sold him on him having the most potential at corner, and that Iowa is the best place to realize that potential.
If Iowa had recruited him on offense from the get-go, I think he would have ended up at another school. So all's well that ends well, as he gets to play the position he originally came to Iowa to play, and the Hawkeyes get what they think is a future star at corner.
That's interesting. I hope that also means that the coaches are high on the young recievers. I spent the day after Thanksgiving with one of the Iowa freshmen wide reciever's best friends. While I was with him he was texting with the Iowa player after the game. The good news is that this particular player is really excited about next year and was saying how much better the offense is going to be. I was releived to hear that, at least according to this particular guy, the young players are excited about the future.
Not sure which one you're referring to, but I've gotten to know Cameron Wilson, Greg Mabin and Tevaun Smith very well. All good kids and hard workers. It'll be interesting to see if Wilson and/or Mabin can make a push for playing time in 2013.
247Sports In partnership with CBS Sports