Iowa football reporter Andrew Logue looks at 10 players who could be pivotal to Iowa’s success in 2014, counting down from No. 10 to No. 1:
10. WR Kevonte Martin-Manley – He emerged as Rudock’s go-to guy last season. To maintain that status, he’ll have to be more consistent, less mistake prone.
9. RB Jordan Canzeri – We’ve only seen a sampling of what Canzeri can do. If he stays healthy and is given an opportunity, the Hawkeyes could have an offensive pacesetter.
8. RB Mark Weisman – A versatile, hard-nosed ball carrier, slowed by injuries. He’s a possible workhorse against any opponent, but not for an entire season.
7. C Austin Blythe – Should be more settled in his role after switching from guard last season. You can never over-value the comfort level between a quarterback and center.
6. CB Desmond King – He was thrust into a starting role last season and excelled. The secondary is still a concern. His potential brings peace of mind.
5. LB Quinton Alston – He’s one of the primary reasons nobody is panicking about Iowa’s lack of experience at linebacker. He’s smart, and by all accounts a strong leader.
4. LT Brandon Scherff – The lynchpin of Iowa’s offensive line. He’s poised to add another chapter in the Hawkeyes’ history of stellar left tackles.
3. QB Jake Rudock – There is nothing wrong with being a game manager. He doesn’t have the strongest arm or the quickest first step, but you trust his decision making.
2. DT Louis Trinca-Pasat – He’s sort of the Robin to Davis’ Batman. Not the kind of player concerned about stardom, but salty in the trenches.
1. DT Carl Davis – Opponents must double team the 6-foot-5, 315-pound senior, which helps the linebackers. His personality prevents teammates from getting down.