The secondary figured to be a weakness this year with the departures of safeties Tyler Sash and Brett Greenwood. However, with loads of talent at corner, the Hawkeyes were able to fill those holes.
Micah Hyde, a starter at corner last season, switched to safety during spring practice, and while that is not a sure switch during the fall, it seems to be going well.
“[Hyde] is a talented guy, great ball skills. We can just put anyone in and they can get the job done," defensive coordinator Norm Parker told the Des Moines Register. "I’m proud that I came back, and I think this was the best choice that I made.”
Joining Hyde at safety is Collin Sleeper, who the coaches have been very impressed with this spring.
The corners are loaded this year, with GoDaddy.com preseason All-American Shaun Prater returning, as well as Greg Castillo, Jordan Bernstine, and BJ Lowery. Castillo got a lot of experience last season and Bernstine has proven to be very versatile and could potentially switch to safety.
So while Iowa does lose two great players, expect it to reload in the defensive backfield in 2011.