Once Iowa opened the window to welcome in 2011 spring practice on March 23, they quietly closed the door on 2010, which, in the final analysis, was a monumental disappointment.
Early season practice will conclude on April 16 with the 2011 Spring Game.
This brings us one step closer to the opening day kickoff on September 3, 2011.
Several questions will be be answered as players audition for starting roles in September.
Answers to several queries, however, can only be postponed. Some players will not available to play this spring because they are out with injury.
WR Marvin McNutt, DL Steve Bigach, LB Shane DiBona and DB Tanner Miller had offseason surgery and will not be practicing.
At least these players will not have full contact during spring workouts. They, along with TE Austin Vier and FB Brad Rogers, who also have medical issues, will not participate fully in spring drills.
Iowa lost many of their 2010 starting roster. In fact, the Hawkeyes return fewer starters than most teams in the Big Ten.
Many of the positions vacated are critical, like the quarterback position, where the absence of three-year starter Ricky Stanzi leaves a large hole to plug.
Also gone are Adrian Clayborn, Christian Ballard and Karl Klug–the bulwark of Iowa’s 2010 defensive line.
Adding to that enormous chasm on defense are the departures of Iowa safeties Brett Greenwood and Tyler Sash.
Iowa football, however, is about the future and what Iowa has in the wings ready to take the field and re-establish Hawkeye glory in 2011.