The Iowa Hawkeyes didn't fare so well in 2012, but they were young.
This year, they return eight on both sides of the ball plus both specialists and a number of experienced non-starters. In effect, the 2013 Hawks will be more experienced, and should be more talented than in 2012.
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 Hawkeye fans know, this is not uncommon with head coach Kirk Ferentz.
No true freshmen who have yet to sign a letter of intent were considered.
Finally, I have no inside knowledge—or at least no more than anybody else that keeps his ear to the ground—of anything that goes on within the walls of Fort Kinnick. These prognostications are based on previous play, potential based on others' opinions as well as empirical evidence based on what I've seen and how I feel an individual's talents fit within what the Hawkeyes are trying to do.