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Kevonte Martin-Manley. Here's one sure thing at WR for the Hawkeyes.
KMM, #11 was solid in 2012 and I'd fully expect that again, this season. Let's hope so.
Of course, CJ, Ray & Henry at TE are going to be targetted.
Who else will step up at the wide receiver spot? Who's your prediction?
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
I don't think Iowa would have offered Powell had they not expected him to come in and light it up. I think he'll start along with KMM, and I think think he could put up some big numbers. I've heard that Bullock and Canzeri are both working at RB and WR, so it is clear the coaches want to get dynamic guys in places to catch the football. The other guy I have high hopes for is Tevaun Smith. I think he'll be very good in time.
I agree with jumper Smith is going to be good, in the USA vs Canada game he was very impressive and now with a year in the system I expect big things. I also think one of the true freshman surprise us not sure who but for fun I say Jones and or willies,
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
Wait, you're a Jones fan? Hadn't heard that before.
I agree with this. As of this minute, I think the top three receivers will be Martin-Manley, Smith and Powell. But with a lot of guys that will be fighting for playing time, the cream should rise to the top.
As for Martin-Manley, I do think he's a sure thing in terms of being a solid starter in the B1G. But Iowa needs a lot of guys to step up to another level this year, and he's one of them. He needs to step up to the level of being a top-5 receiver in the B1G.
What do you guys think of Riley McCarron? He seemed to wow everyone at the spring practice and now I haven't heard anything about him...Does he have a chance to play that Wes Welker role or is he still 1 year away from seeing playing time?
Almost forgot about him, if he keeps up doing what he is doing (namely catching the football) I would think it would be hard to keep him off the field.
I do think he has 'a chance' to play a Wes Welker role. He is a tough, talented guy
& if Iowa needs some other hands guys, to go along with KMM, Riley McCarron may be that guy.
Iowa had talentless receivers last year who couldn't get separation from defenders. Martin-Manley is a solid starter because he is familiar with the offense. He's had one impressive game which was the Pitt game a few years back.
I do expect the receivers to be a bit better, but I'm yet to hear Greg Davis ranting and raving about Iowa being loaded with talent at receiver. The receivers were one of the top reasons Iowa was so bad last year, so I expect that the issue is being worked on.
The tight ends played well at times last season, and it took 3/4 of the season for the play calling to finally focus on getting the ball into the tight ends' hands.
From what Davis is saying, it appears Iowa will stick with the ole establish the run first, then throw in the play action passing game.
IMO, Davis' offense didn't exactly produce last season. I look for the offense to take a step back to more of a "vintage" Kirk Ferentz type of offensive football.
Here's a Did-you-know for those Hawkeye fans, like U2hawk, who are unawares about KMM's receiving stats, last year.
KMM was in the Top 10 receivers in the Big Ten.
This was done, despite the fact that he was Iowa's #2 receiver and the fact that the Offensive line was in shambles most of the year &
the fact that the QB was just not producing.
After all that, I'd say that KMM's being #6 receiver in the league is pretty d*** impressive.
You're not telling the whole truth. Yes, he was sixth in the league in total receptions, and that's good. However, he wasn't as good in other statistical categories. He was tied for 13th in yards, which is okay. He was 26th in yards per catch, which is okay. He was tied for 29th in touchdowns, which is poor considering that he led the team in receiving touchdowns.
jumper........Yeah, well, considering what I saw, last year,
I was shocked that he was in the Top 10 receiving.
In my humble opinion, that was quite an accomplishment, last year, considering..........
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