With 2011 in the books, it's time to look ahead toward 2012.
As with 2011, next season looks to be something of a rebuilding year. On the other hand, looks can be deceiving.
In truth, it hardly matters with Iowa unless Kirk Ferentz commits to certain adjustments within his program—adjustments that he has not-so-subtly hinted at and which primarily involve play-calling.
We'll have the remainder of the offseason to consider those changes, and to see whether Ferentz does indeed implement any of them.
That said, I was surprised at how few areas project to fall backwards next year when I looked at who the Hawks have returning.
Nonetheless, most of the areas that project to fall back are key areas for the Hawks.
It goes without saying, all of the following is based on who is on the roster right now. Anything can happen between now and next September.