The 2012 Iowa Hawkeyes offense was terrible.
Despite that, as coach Kirk Ferentz (via Bryce Miller of Hawkcentral) noted, this was not "a dog-crap team." On the other hand, an offense that scores 19.3 points per game (113th in the country) can fairly be called "dog crap," even if the talent is there.
Next year's offense will be much the same.
There are holes, to be sure, but there is also talent—certainly enough talent to score more than 19 points per game.
The following will look at who that talent is and where it will wind up on the depth chart on opening day when the Hawks take on the MAC champion Northern Illinois Huskies.
The starters in question are listed first, with the backups listed following the backslash (/).
Players with an asterisk (*) next to their name are returning starters. A "returning starter," for my purposes, started at least four games in 2012.
The player's year is listed in parentheses next to his name. The year reflects what said player will be during the 2013 football season.
This is an opening-day depth chart projection. Consequently, when players are listed with an "OR" between their names, the position battle will be ongoing. As Hawkeyes fans know, this is not uncommon with Ferentz.
Finally, no true freshmen who have yet to sign a letter of intent were considered.