The Iowa Hawkeyes and head coach Kirk Ferentz are scheduled to begin spring practices on March 27, and the Hawks need plenty of practice. 2012 saw them miss a bowl for the first time since 2007, and that is complicated by three consecutive seasons of a worse record than the previous season.
More than anything else, Iowa will need to get its one-year old offense in place—an offense installed last year by new offensive coordinator (OC) Greg Davis.
Typically, spring practice sees underclassmen get the lion's share of the work. But this year will be different. The older players have a ton to prove.
The following slides will break down what each scholarship athlete brings to his position group during spring ball.
Each player has his year of availability listed in parentheses next to his name.
A returning starter, for my purposes, started at least four games in 2012. The number of asterisks (*) next to a player's name indicates how many years he's been a starter.
Players with a pound sign (#) next to their names are experienced players, but didn't start four or more games in 2012. Players with exclamation points (!) next to their names will miss spring practices, via Kirk Ferentz and HawkeyeSports.com, due to injuries.