Iowa Football: 5 Biggest Offensive Issues Facing the Hawkeyes in 2012

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Iowa Football: 5 Biggest Offensive Issues Facing the Hawkeyes in 2012
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The Iowa Hawkeyes, under head coach Kirk Ferentz, have a history of riding staunch defenses and dependable special teams to a winning record.

However, unless the offense has been laden with obscene amounts of NFL talent or has a Doak Walker-winning running back, it has been a generally underwhelming unit.

It's arguable how much of the blame for the offense's underachievement falls on erstwhile and embattled offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe or the notoriously conservative Ferentz.

Either way, O'Keefe has decided to move on to the NFL, and Iowa has a new offensive coordinator in Greg Davis, not to mention a new offensive line coach in Brian Ferentz.

It has been fairly well established that the typically hard-nosed Iowa defense will be a work-in-progress in 2012, especially along the line.

Consequently, it will be up to the offense to put points on the board and keep the defense off the field. If it is successful, the Hawkeyes will be successful. If it isn't, it's likely going to be a long year.

The raw tools are there for a strong Iowa offense, but there are still some lingering issues.

What follows are the five biggest ones.

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