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It would be easy to put quarterback James Vandenberg or receiver Keenan Davis in this spot, but, as I mentioned, upperclassmen typically aren't the focus of spring practice.
On the other hand, Kirk Ferentz will be working with new coordinators for the first time in his tenure at Iowa. He will also have new offensive line, defensive line, quarterback and linebacker coaches.
The biggest issue he will have to face is confronting his team dynamic.
As all Hawkeye fans know, Kirk Ferentz is notoriously conservative. That means, among other things, that when assessing his team, he errs on the side of defense.
This leads to punts inside the opponent's 40-yard-line, squandering time at the end of the half and playing for field position and clock rather than points.
It is what it is, and despite many fans' protestations, it is a successful strategy when the Hawkeyes have the defense to pull it off.
The problem is this season, like last season, does not project to be one of those years.
In 2011, Iowa had the offensive firepower to win nine games. The problem was Ferentz erred on the side of a defense that wasn't up to the task.
The 2012 Hawkeye defense, at this point, doesn't look like it will be much, if at all, better than last season's bunch.
On the other hand, the offense, if James Vandenberg plays more consistently, can be one of the best in the conference.
If the 2012 Hawkeyes are to win as many games as they can, they will have to score a lot of points. This means Kirk Ferentz will have to be more of an offensive-minded coach than he is comfortable being.
This spring is the time for him to get comfortable with that.