How should Iowa approach the running back situation?
The Hawkeyes kick off spring practices next week, and one of the most intriguing positions is tailback.
Is Mark Weisman (975 yards on 227 carries in 2013) the featured ball carrier? How about Jordan Canzeri (481-74) or Damon Bullock (467-118)?
Is LeShun Daniels (142-36) ready to break out?
Tell me what you think, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also let me know what else is on your mind, as we continue our weekly Hawkeye football notebook.
Here are some of last week’s questions:
1. More than half of the Big Ten is facing some sort of quarterback quandary. Is Iowa one of those teams?
No. A year ago at this time, Jake Rudock was an unknown. He went on to win the starting job and complete 59 percent of his passes for 2,383 yards and 18 touchdowns, with 13 interceptions. He wasn’t flashy, but he was reliable. C.J. Beathard is a highlight waiting to happen, but let’s not forget he was just 9-of-27 passing in limited action, with one touchdown and two interceptions. If a true quarterback competition develops, it would a be a bad sign for the Hawkeyes.
2. Any concerns about William Lowe’s rhabdomyolysis suit becoming a distraction?
For better or worse, these things tend to drag out. So at this point, it’s a back-burner topic. And nobody should be surprised by Lowe’s lawsuit. With 13 players involved in the infamous 2011 workout, it was probably only a matter of time before somebody ended up in court. I’m sure Ferentz doesn’t want to be reminded about rhabdogate, but it’s more of an irritant than a distraction.
3. Will the Hawkeyes have a sellout this season?
Yes. But the only reason I feel certain about that is because the schedule includes home games against Iowa State, Wisconsin and Nebraska. One of those matchups should result in a capacity crowd at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes failed to draw more than 70,000 to any game last season, after having a string of 30 consecutive sellouts end in 2012. It’s not just an Iowa thing. Schools across the country are seeing a dip in attendance.
4. Given the Hawkeyes’ 8-5 turnaround in 2013, how many wins does Ferentz need to keep his fan base happy?
Based on what I’ve witnessed, anything short of a national title is bound to irk some diehards. Especially those who harp of Ferentz’s salary and ignore the challenges of coaching a program rooted in a shallow recruiting pool. I think 9-3 is a reasonable goal. None of Iowa’s games is unwinnable, but roadies at Pitt and Minnesota could be tricky. Even matchups at Purdue and Illinois could be too close for comfort. And you can expect some sort of toe-stubber at home.
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