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Guess I'm really not much of a 'woe is me' kinda guy.
I'm optimistic that the Hawkeye offense can bounce back in 2013.
This optimism is apparently in my blood, because my Dad has been a lifelong Cub fan.
I follow another baseball team, but love Cubs' fan continuous loyalty.
Just starting with the Offensive line, Iowa returns some experience and talent.
LT Brandon Scherff (Future NFL and All Big Ten guy, imho)
LG Andrew Donnal Starter earlier this year, until injury....has a good future in front of him
C Connor Bofeli, or Blythe Both have some experience Eric Simmons may be in mix, too.
G Blythe, or N MacMillan, or Jordan Walsh?
RT Brent Van Sloten, started every game in 2012 and by the end of year, I was sold on Brett
Ryan Ward, Keppy, Gaul, Drew Clark, Sealby figuring in the 2 deeps, also
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
Love the optimism. We need the O line to be great next year. That is key.
Moving to the receiver position in 2013, I do think that the QB will have some weapons to work with, here as well.
At the TE, Iowa seems to be pretty well stocked.
All of these guys have some playing time.
It would be great to see CJF develop into a Brandon Myers type of Tight End, who was just
Always open, always caught the ball, because of good hands, good feet and good attitude.
The wide receiver position just loses one guy, Keenan Davis........well, Steven Staggs, too.
However, KMM, Jordan Cotton, Jacob Hillyer & Tevaun Smith all saw Big Ten action.
KMM and Jordan give the next QB 2 very solid, Big Ten receivers.
Hillyer is a bigger receiver and if Blake Haluska breaks out, he goes 6'4" also.
Cam Wilson & Greg Mabin are still unknowns, but could be in mix for 2 deeps in '13.
Moving over to the always challenging Running back positions.........
At this point in time, 9 months prior to start of Fall, 2013 camp, it seems like
the Hawkeyes have many returning options at RB. How will this shake-out?
RB: Damon Bullock, Greg Garmon, Jordan Canzeri, Mike Malloy, Barkley Hill, Andre Davis and
of course, Mr Mark Weisman. Should be interesting, as this could work out in several ways.
**Certainly, Weisman and Bullock, along with Greg Garmon are the leading candidates. I do think that the
Coaches like Canzeri, Barkley Hill and Malloy, so there is going to be a battle to get on the field. That is a good thing.
FB: Jacob Reisen, Brad Rogers, Adam Cox and of course, Mark Weisman.
**Reisen played some Special Teams this year, so the coaches have an eye on him.
Surely do hope Brad Rogers gets back to full health. If so, he will be most probable #1 FB.
The first post reminds me of a quote I heard re Iowa Football:
"When Kirk Ferentz has a dangerous team, they are talented in the trenches..."
Sometimes he gets it right, not lately though.
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OK..........Well, it's time to move on to the Key offensive position for any team.
Even the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Hawkeyes will have someone new under center, in 2013.
Who will it be?
a) Jake Rudock
b) Cody Sokol
c) C.J. Beathard
Please provide me with your best guess, then, I'll provide mine.
I just have this feeling that Sokol is going to pull ahead of Rudock in fall practice. No reason other than a gut feeling.
Thanks for your feedback, Sparty.
I'm going to give it a bit of time, here, hopefully allowing others, such as
Fish, Todd, todd, golden, WiscHawk, BBR, KC, etc to comment.
Then, I'll give my prognostication on this one.........
Thanks for putting this thread together. Assuming Ryan Ward has a good offseason in the weight room, I think he's got a great shot to challenge for a starting spot next year. IMO, he may have the most upside of any offensive lineman currently on the roster, so even if it doesn't all come together for him in 2013, I still think the future will be bright for him. I like Scherff's upside at guard, but not nearly as much at tackle.
I've been saying for awhile that I really think Garmon will be Iowa's best back on opening day next year. Whether that translates into the coaches putting him ahead of Weisman and Bullock, that remains to be seen.
At receiver, I think Tevaun Smith could emerge as a starter along with Martin-Manley. I think Wilson and Mabin both have bright futures as well. However, without having seen them in action this year, it's too early to predict anything.
At quarterback, no way to know how it'll shake out at this point. I think all three returning quarterbacks will have a legitimate chance to win the job, so every day between now and September will be crucial for those guys.
Todd.......Scherff will be our LT for the next couple of years.
He was really doing a pretty solid job there, until injury.
Do you mean that you see him projecting to play Guard on Sundays?
Still awaiting some additional feedback from other posters..........Golden?....
on the QB siteeAtion for next season. Believe it or not---I do have an opinion there.
I think Scherff is an outstanding run blocker, but I don't think he has the footwork or the range in pass protection to excel in college at tackle. Even before he got hurt, he was already struggling against the above average defensive ends Iowa had faced, and the competition was only going to get better after the Penn State game. He may be able to get by at tackle at the college level, but I think he projects more as a guard in the NFL. That's obviously based on what he showed this year. If he greatly improves in those two areas over the course of this offseason, then I may feel differently next fall.
What are the thoughts on Maurice Flemming at WR?
I think he'll make an impact wherever he plays for Iowa in 2013. That being said, my understanding is that he's planning to play cornerback.
First point, I agree with. Will be interesting to see how Scherff recovers - hopefully thats well.
Second point I'm scared to touch. I'll avoid reading about running backs all offseason, maybe that will help break the trend! It'll be like awaking from a coma on game day next season.
Third, yeah Smith seems to be a more athletic receiver at Iowa.
Finally, Todd is pretty good at this game.
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
How very kind of you to wait for my prediction, Sky.
Starting QB is up in the air and not looking real good for the second-coming of a Chuck Long any time soon. Based on the Rudock background info, I was hopeful he would be "The Chosen One". Obviously, NONE of them are if there was not even ONE SCOND of actual game time worth putting them in during 2012. QB will not be a bright, shining spot next year. QB roulette rules will be in effect as Iowa trudges through yet another disappointing losing season with the players stumbling, the coaches mumbling, and the fans grumbling.
I will go with a guess for C.J., but only because his initials come closest to C.L.
The glass is not half empty- it is broken. Have not felt this way in years about Iowa football. Thank God we have basketball and wrestling as fall-back positions!
Thanks golden. Now that you've weighed-in, I feel that I can go ahead with my prognostication on the
Hawkeye QB spot for 2013,
Jake Rudock has now been in the Iowa FB program for 2 full years. When he comes to camp, next
August, he will be a junior, academically. And I hear Jake is a good student.
Interesting that you mentioned Chuck Long in your post, lamenting the woes of the current season at Iowa.
When Chuck Long came to Iowa, circa 1984, there was not much hoopla, or hype about Chuck.
There's not much, if any hoopla or hype about Jake, either. Despite his rather impressive pedigree of playing
QB for the #1 High School FB team in America, out of Ft Lauderdale, FL in his H.S. days.
This leads me to my prediction. I'm firmly in the Jake Rudock as the Iowa Hawkeye's next QB camp.
By about game 3 of the 2013 season all will be made well by Jake's accuracy and composure. Jake is going to make
Iowa fans wonder one thing. Why did the coaching staff stay with the 5th yr senior in '12.
And please remember, golden, You Did Read it here first. GO HAWKS>
How do you feel about Donnal? I was expecting him to win a tackle position this year and it didn't happen. Assuming he is able to return to complete health, do you see him as a tackle or guard?
Also, this may require a VIP answer, and if so I understand; If Ward wins the left tackle position as a RS FR, do you expect that to affect the recruitment of Pierschbacher?
The will is not here, the will is at my office next to the hot plate with the frayed wires.
Two great questions here. The only guard that I thought played at an above average level this year was Tobin. But Donnal's still young, and still hasn't played in that many games. With him in there at guard, I haven't had a chance to see how good his feet are in pass protection, so it's too early to determine whether he can excel at tackle.
As for Ward's success possibly impacting Pierschbacher's recruitment, I really don't know. If Ross redshirts, there would be two years separating them. So, in theory, Ross could start at right tackle as a redshirt freshman and as a sophomore, and then move to the left side for his final two years. If Iowa starts five true freshmen up front in 2013, then that would probably reduce Iowa's chances with Ross. But as long as there's a way for him to get on the field, I don't think it'll have too much of an impact.
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