This may be one of those knee-jerk reactions, but when every person who went to spring practice (since Kirk doesn't like a full-out spring game) comes out of Kinnick saying our kickers looked bad, that's scary.
I'm speaking exclusively about the placekickers, since one of the most popular players on the Iowa team is punter Ryan Donahue, whose work even inspired some tongue-in-cheek "Donahue for Heisman" posters during games last year.
The Hawkeyes have two kickers on the roster who see any action. Daniel Murray is going to be a senior, and is known for being clutch against Penn State (what an odd reputation) with his game-winner in Kinnick two years ago and then the dagger in the 2009 game in Happy Valley.
Last season Murray made 73.1 percent of his field goals, including 6-11 from 40 yards or more. But for some reason Coach Ferentz has stated that Trent Mossbrucker, Iowa's other placekicker, is still in the running for a position.
The Bruck got no playing time last season, but actually got more snaps in the spring practice, something many chalk up to his ability to hit from distance.
The main concern for Iowa is that in spring practice, neither Murray or Mossbrucker looked good. At all. And while neither of the two are Nate Kaeding, their performances have made fans wonder if, come clutch time, either can hit their marks.