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Early last season, Iowa began to play with the no-huddle offense
It worked wonders in a miracle comeback against Pitt, as well as the following week against Louisiana-Monroe.
The question is, would it work in conference against a quality defense, and would Ferentz use it against said defense?
Iowa opened the Big Ten season against Penn State, and much to everybody's surprise, the Hawks starting lineup included three wide receivers. Iowa was indeed to going to open with a hurry-up offense.
Unfortunately, it stalled, and after two quick drives and no points, Ferentz scrapped it, never to be seen again unless there were dire circumstances.
Part of the problem was that Ferentz and O'Keefe didn't seem to understand or take advantage of the hurry-up offense.
It forces defenses to keep the same personnel on the field. Consequently, a defense that comes out in a nickel or dime package to combat a three-wide look is not in the best position to stop the run.
Therefore, if the team in question opened with a three-wide look and the opposing team came out in a nickel, it would be in the initial team's best interest to run directly at the extra defensive back on second down.
Iowa didn't do that, thereby forsaking any advantages it gained by operating in hurry-up mode.
New offensive line coach Brian Ferentz has tweeted about working the no-huddle in practice and pushing the offense's tempo.
Let's hope that if the Hawks are committed to using the no-huddle, they are going to take advantage of it.