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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Iowa shuffles some staff assignments

By Brian Bennett

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz moved around a couple of assignments on his revamped coaching staff on Wednesday.

Eric Johnson, the team's recruiting coordinator who coached tight ends the past two years, will now assist Reese Morgan with coaching the defensive line. Johnson has been on the staff since 1999 and has also coached linebackers. The defensive line is a very young group that can probably use all the tutelage it can receive.

But mostly, this frees up even more time for Johnson to oversee the team's recruiting.

“Our goal in moving Eric from coaching tight ends is to allow him to focus more on all phases of our recruiting efforts and take an even larger role in that area,”  Ferentz said in a statement.  “Having played on the defensive side of the football and previously coaching defense, Eric will provide valuable coaching assistance to our defensive line and its development."

David Raih, a former Hawkeye quarterback and grad assistant, will take over Johnson's role with the Iowa’s tight ends. Chris Polizzi joins the staff as a graduate assistant who will also work with defense.

“Having David work with our tight ends is similar to the role Dan Clark played for us during his tenure as a graduate assistant. As a former quarterback who has worked with our offensive line the past two seasons, the move is a natural one for David.”