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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Iowa's objectives for 2009 will be less about filling holes and more about making sure none develop next fall.
Despite losing Doak Walker Award winner Shonn Greene and a few key seniors, the Hawkeyes return most of their core pieces for the coming season. Several defensive playmakers in 2008 were underclassmen, and the team also found answers at quarterback and offensive tackle. So it's unlikely many true freshmen will see the field this fall, but Iowa can't take anything for granted with a small recruiting class.
Aside from Greene, the Hawkeyes' biggest losses come at defensive tackle, where they lose four-year starters Mitch King and Matt Kroul. Karl Klug looks ready to step in, but adding another interior lineman would be wise.
Linebacker seems to be a bigger focus for the 2009 class, mainly because returning starters A.J. Edds and Pat Angerer will be seniors this fall and Jeremiha Hunter will be a junior. The Hawkeyes must prepare for some impending turnover in the heart of their defense.
Iowa loses several offensive skill players, namely wide receiver Andy Brodell and tight end Brandon Myers. There's not an immediate need for replacements with guys like Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and Trey Stross back for 2009, but adding a wideout or a tight end wouldn't be a bad idea. The running back position looks solid with rising sophomores Jewel Hampton and Jeff Brinson, but Iowa will look to add another ball carrier or two.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg Iowa's objectives for 2009 will be less about filling holes and more about making sure none develop next fall.