This weekend, Iowa fans got their first look at the 2012 Hawks, and, as head coach Kirk Ferentz said following the practice, his team has "a lot of work to do."
That said, I hate report cards and the grades that go on them. I don't think they do anything to help the student improve.
In effect, look at this less as a report card and more of a tangible look at where things appear to be right now.
Again, there is a lot of time between now and Sept. 1 when the Hawkeyes travel to Soldier Field to kick off the 2012 football season against Northern Illinois.
While some of the issues that were present this Saturday will linger, I expect many of them will get cleaned up.
Therefore, don't take this as an indictment against the team.
The Hawkeyes have always been a developmental program, and right now, they've got time to develop.
Also, the grades in question are not a holistic grade, but they consider expectations going in. For example, I didn't expect much from the defensive line while I expected a good deal from the receivers. The "grades" reflected those expectations.