Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Checking in from Iowa ...
By Adam Rittenberg
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- It's a big day as both bloggers are on the road in B1G country. Brian is spending some time in West Lafayette, Ind., with the Purdue Boilermakers, and I've just arrived here to visit with the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Change is the big theme for Iowa this spring as the Hawkeyes made coordinator changes for the first time in coach Kirk Ferentz's tenure, promoting Phil Parker to run the defense and bringing in Greg Davis from the outside to spearhead the offense. Ferentz also made several assistant coach moves, most notably shifting Reese Morgan from offensive line to defensive line, and he brought his son, Brian, back to Iowa to coach the offensive line. For a program conditioned to continuity, this certainly represents something new.
But many believe it's also something that was needed. After an 11-2 season in 2009 that might have been even better if not for a Ricky Stanzi injury, Iowa has lost momentum. The Hawkeyes fell well short of expectations in 2010 and saw their bowl wins streak end last year following a 7-6 campaign. The current team is very young at spots and once again needs to find help at running back after Jordan Canzeri's injury.
Iowa fans have been some of the more vocal folks on this blog since its inception, and they're always going to have high hopes. But I'm interested to find out where this program is headed and what are reasonable expectations for 2012.
I'll be visiting with Kirk Ferentz, Davis, Parker and several players at the football complex in a bit. Check the blog later and also Thursday for more on the Hawkeyes.