The bad news is that the Iowa Hawkeyes went 4-8 this year. The good news is that, barring transfers, injuries, academic casualties, etc., they should return eight starters on defense, seven on offense and both kicking specialists.
Moreover, the offensive line, defensive tackles and defensive secondary rotated a good deal last year, so there will be a number of returning, experienced non-starters.
Time will tell if head coach Kirk Ferentz can turn this experience into wins, but unlike 2012, youth will not be an issue.
The following slides list players from least to greatest need. It is based on graduated starters, returning experience and talent, as well as expectations for the inexperienced players currently on the roster.
The players with an asterisk (*) next to their names started at least four games in 2012. The players with a dollar sign ($) next to their names didn't start four or more games, but are experienced.
The player's year is listed in parentheses and reflects what their standing will be in 2013.
True freshmen—i.e. incoming recruits—were not considered, as they will not be Hawkeyes until signing day.