Jordan Lomax and his fellow defensive backs were on the flip side.
For all the optimistic chatter about Iowa’s receivers, there will also be concerns about the secondary’s performance during Saturday’s spring game.
“The receivers, they’re on scholarship, too,” Lomax said. “So you’ve got to give them their credit. They’re going to make plays.
“I wish we could stop them every play, but that’s the game of football.”
This has been an especially challenging offseason for Lomax, who moved from cornerback to free safety.
“It was a pretty big switch,” he said. “Because at corner, you don’t have to make out any calls. You basically receive the calls.
“When you move to free safety, it demands a lot more control of the entire defense, making sure everybody is in the right position.”
This comes at a time when Iowa’s offense is stretching defenses while experimenting with a talented group of pass-catchers.
“It’s been a big competition this entire spring, us going at it with the wide receivers,” Lomax said. “We’ve had our days, and they’ve had their days.
“Some plays, it might just come down to communication.”
Lomax hopes to work out any glitches this summer as he settles in at his new position.
His tackling skills were also tested Saturday, when Ray Hamilton caught a pass and blasted his way to a 54-yard touchdown.
“He’s the most physical tight end,” Lomax said of Hamilton. “They preach to us that we’ve got to stay high and don’t go low.
“It was a good collision. He talked some trash afterward, but it’s all in the family.”
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