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Spring notebook: Keenan Davis out

[ 0 ] April 11, 2012 |

Junior Keenan Davis was missing off the final depth chart of the spring. He will be out the rest of spring with an undisclosed injury.

Davis is the top returning receiver having caught 50 passes for 713 yards last season.

“I know he’s disappointed and we are, too,” offensive coordinator Greg Davis said. “Because he’s not getting all the reps that you would typically get in the spring.

“He’s got to have a great summer, and I’m sure he will.”

Davis said despite the injury to Keenan Davis, he expected that Kevonte Martin-Manley would play in the slot “most of the time.”

“The slot receiver is an extremely important position,” Davis said. “It’s a position with a lot of flexibility. Has to do various things according to the coverage you see.”

With Davis out, sophomore receiver Jordan Cotton has caught the eye of the new coordinator.

“He flashes some things that you really like,” Davis said.

Junior linebacker Shane DiBona, listed as the backup outside linebacker to start the spring, also was missing off the final depth chart with an undisclosed injury.

Redshirt freshman Travis Perry took his spot on the depth chart.

CROWDING THE BOX: Iowa is going to have a young and inexperienced defensive line next fall. New defensive coordinator Phil Parker is prepared to support them early and often.

“We play a seven-man box a lot of times. So we can cheat a guy down, help him out, put a little more pressure on the corners a little bit,” Parker said. “It looks like they took the challenge.”

Iowa may creep up strong safety Nico Law, free safety Tanner Miller or another safety closer to the line of scrimmage.

“With teams in the Big Ten that try to power it down your throat, you help with trying to stop the run a little more,” Miller said. “It makes you a little more susceptible to the big play over the top if the corners happen to make a mistake.

“But I think we have the guys to do that.”

Parker and Miller praised cornerbacks B.J. Lowery, Micah Hyde and Greg Castillo as being able to cover 1-on-1 on the outside.

DEPTH CHART: The depth chart released Wednesday had a few changes from the one that was issued at the start of spring.

Junior Joe Gaglione flipped from second-team defensive tackle to first team defensive end. Freshman Dean Tsopanides flipped the opposite direction to second-team defensive tackle.

“Joe’s definitely going to play for us,” Parker said. “He’s very stout and strong.”

Sophomore Don Shumpert is backing up Martin-Manley at the slot, and the top two receivers with Davis out are junior Steven Staggs and Cotton.

The “or” is out of the left tackle battle, with Brandon Scherff listed first, and Andrew Donnal second. It remains in the right guard contest between Austin Blythe and Conor Boffeli.

Also, the “or” was removed in the punting battle, with John Wienke now first team.

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