Last weekend, Kirk Ferentz took his Hawkeyes to Des Moines, where he gave Iowa fans their first look at the football squad.
Consequently, after weeks of picking at scraps and rumors, people can base their opinions on something tangible.
Of course, fans also have to consider that this is only one practice out of 15. Moreover, in the spring, the focus is less on installing new wrinkles into the offense and more working on technique and figuring out personnel.
After all, the offense must be severely limited if the quarterback is rotated every two plays, as Ferentz said (via Scout.com) has been the case throughout spring.
Therefore, the following will focus primarily on players who shined—or failed to shine—in the open practice, primarily by doing the little things such as getting into the backfield or catching the ball.