No. 128: Dominic Alvis, No. 79, DE, Iowa
2011 Stats: 30 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks
Iowa's defensive front was deceptively adequate in 2011, and a large part of that had to do with Dominic Alvis' consistent presence on the line. Alvis started the first two games of the season at defensive tackle, then moved to end and helped shore up the edge of the Iowa front.
He's got defensive tackle strength in a defensive end frame, and his presence was missed after an ACL tear ended his season late in the year.
Again—torn ACL in November. Although he'll be practicing by the start of summer session in June, there's a difference between "on the field" and "100 percent."
He also wasn't terribly productive before the injury, especially as a pass-rusher. Without that speed on the edge, Iowa's secondary is going to have to work harder and longer on pass plays. That likely won't change as Alvis' knee works back into game shape.
Iowa's defensive line is still lacking starter-quality players, especially at the end positions. Alvis missed spring ball, but he should back atop the two-deep at DE shortly after his expected return to practice in June.
If he's healthy, it's reasonable to assume close to 50 tackles a game and at least six tackles-for-loss are in store for the junior-to-be. Iowa will need that.