In what has been an offseason of firsts for the Hawkeyes—a trip to Des Moines and staff overhaul to name two—Kirk Ferentz opted to hold a true spring game instead of his usual open practice game.
Amazing how a 4-8 season pushes a usually tight-lipped, stoic coach to go the extra yard in order to rebuild a disappearing pool of goodwill among his fanbase.
Regardless, it has all been for the best, and this was especially true of the spring game.
It was not only great from a fan's perspective, but it was also great to see a still-young Hawkeyes team in a real-game atmosphere.
The following will look at what we learned from seeing Iowa in an open competition, though the usual caveat applies: This was only one "game," and when combined with the open Des Moines practice and whatever else has seeped out, it makes for a fraction of what the players have done this spring.
This article by Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette will get referenced a number of times. It includes the depth charts and the stats from the spring game.
Unless otherwise noted, any mention of Morehouse, the depth chart or stats refers to the linked article.