Viva la Alvis

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Iowa's newest two deeps were released Thursday.

Yes, the starters will change drastically in the next few weeks, with camp beginning Friday, but this is a start. Perhaps the biggest surprise was where Dominic Alvis landed after spring practice.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder from Logan was listed as a first-team defensive tackle alongside senior Mike Daniels, who compared Alvis to former Hawkeye Karl Klug. Klug was drafted in the fifth round by the Tennessee Titans after compiling 9.5 sacks in two years as a starter for the Hawkeyes.

Alvis came out of Logan-Magnolia High School as a defensive end prospect. He played both positions during spring practice.

"I'm not saying he's Karl Klug, but Karl had that versatility," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "There are some parallels between the two guys. I think he can handle it mentally and physically. And with our line next year, I think we know what we have with Broderick [Binns, an end] and I think we know what we have with [tackle] Mike Daniels.

"Now, I think it's a matter of fitting the pieces together a little bit."

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