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Getting back on the same page with Land of Ten’s Scott Dochterman for some #oniowapod podcasting.
We need to do more of this and will. Tentatively scheduled for later next week, but maybe we could move that up after Friday’s scrimmage in West Des Moines.
Today, we talked areas of need for spring.
Has anyone earned a job out of spring practice on the Iowa football team in the last five years? I don’t think so, but I think you have to think of spring more like the beginning of the 2017 resume.
So, I’m not sure anyone wins a starting job, but I’ll bet the weeding out process is full-go with the staff evals.
Can a player be trusted with a different workload than they had last season? Of course, that’s the million dollar question. The resumes are being written every day from now until the end of August camp.
Scott and I talked about five topics that ranged from “who is doing what” to “oh boy, who is that?” Something like that.
1. Wide receiver — You knew that was going to come up. The names are new and will get newer in August. The names who are here were the topic. I don’t know what Nick Easley will be, but he’s on the depth chart right now. We think the time is now for Jerminic Smith.
2. Defensive tackle, who are they? — With Nathan Bazata out right now (ankle), sophomore Brady Reiff has gotten the call up. Sure, he’s 260, but you counteract that with bloodlines, attitude and technique and who knows? As it stands now, Iowa needs him and probably a relatively new player to log in. Sophomore Cedric Lattimore doesn’t count as relatively new, but he will be a rookie starter who, it looks like, will be counted on greatly.
3. Can’t not talk QB — We’re both at Nathan Stanley as the starter. Of course, he has to own it. There’s some pressure on the QB job this spring. Everything in the passing game is new (there could be as many as five receivers jumping on board in the fall).
New quarterback in a new offense with, presumably, changes coming in at least the passing game. That’s a lot of new.
4. A Desmond King-less secondary — It’s finally happened. King has used up all of his eligibility. Enter sophomore Manny Rugamba, junior Joshua Jackson and sophomore Michael Ojemudia.
There are jobs to be had here. Who’s the nickel corner? Who are the extra DBs in the raider?
Who’s taking Desmond’s spot on returns (we probably haven’t talked about that enough)?
5. Punter — Yes, Ryan Gersonde is on scholarship and Colten Rastetter isn’t.
But for now, Rastetter is here and punting. Gersonde is in Milwaukee finishing high school.
One of these two will be Iowa’s punter next season.
We talked some pro day/Hawkeyes in the NFL draft. Scott sees five Hawkeyes getting picked. I’m at four. Scott sees a team drafting OL Cole Croston.
We took your Twitter questions. Lots of people want to know where the attrition is going to come from with the roster needing to be trimmed by four scholarships by August.
These take care of themselves and expect that news to start trickling out in June, after the semester.
Also, we were asked about Big Ten night games. I see at least three and maybe more night games for Iowa this year. Just don’t ask me which three (OK, probably something non-conference, Wisconsin and Penn State.)
BTW, night games will be part of the 12-day TV picks this year. So, more night games. (We are in a zone where these might start trickling out. Maybe the fourth week in April they’ll be officially announced.)