Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Fresh faces: Iowa
By ESPN.com staff
My look at three newcomers to watch for each Big Ten team in 2010 continues with Iowa.
OFFENSE: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Fr., 6-7, 250
Kirk Ferentz rarely plays true freshmen, but Fiedorowicz has a lot working in his favor to see the field this fall. Iowa loses standout tight end Tony Moeaki and needs a second option alongside Allen Reisner. Fiedorowicz is the team's top-rated incoming recruit and boasts the size and athleticism to make a difference right away. He might not be the fastest player, but he uses his size extremely well and can gash defenses down the middle of the field.
DEFENSE: Micah Hyde, CB, So., 6-1, 185
Iowa has a major hole at cornerback following Amari Spievey's NFL departure, and Hyde is one of several players vying to fill it. Hyde appeared in all 13 games last season, mostly on special teams and in Iowa's dime package, and recorded eight tackles. His playing time will go way up this fall as he competes with Jordan Bernstine for a starting spot opposite Shaun Prater. He boasts good size at 6-1 and certainly looks like Iowa's No. 2 or No. 3 option at corner entering camp.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Keenan Davis, WR, So., 6-3, 215
Davis should be a major factor on kickoff returns and he'll likely line up alongside senior Derrell Johnson-Koulianos. He came out of spring ball listed as a co-starter on kickoff returns even though he had only two returns (one kickoff, one punt) in 2009. Davis' potential is obvious as he boasts good speed. Teams likely will kick away from Johnson-Koulianos, who ranked second in the league in kickoff returns in 2009 (31.5 ypr), so Davis should have plenty of chances to shine.