the News/Message board with stories from the Hawkeye media as they roll out. Anbd oh yeah, I kept the chat transcript up from today's game.
1.) We've been hearing rumors about improvement and hoping for a break-out from Keenan Davis. It looks like the rumors are true. He was the most impressive player on the field today, no doubt the MVP.
2.) The starting Oline went: Reiff/Scherff/Ferentz/Gettis/Zusevics. No worries here mate, they looked solid. They even moved the second team Dline 6 yards off the ball on one run play.
3.) Second team Oline went: Tobin/Bofelli/Clark/Orne/Van Sloten. They've developed depth along the Oline, these guys can step in if there is an injury.
4.) The Hawkeyes lack depth along the Dline. Alvis and C Davis rotated in at tackle with Daniel, Daniels, and Binns on the first team. The second team was a little rough, may be some playing time for a frosh or two (Cooper?).
5.) Castillo rotated into the #1 corner spot opposite of Prater. He had a pass break-up and INT. Lowery isn't far behind, he also had a pick on the day.
6.) I've changed my mind on Derby changing positions. He was far and away better than he was last Fall (at open practice). He looked pretty good today, finding WR's and TE's across the middle and on the out.
7.) Kickers were okay, the conditions weren't the best but comparable to late Fall games in Big Ten territory.
8.) The second line of WR's need some work, no one really stood out amongst Staggs, Shumpert, KMM, Haluksa, etc.
9.) De'Andre Johnson looked improved. The coaches spoke of this during Spring camp, it showed. Marcus Binns had a few carries but will never see the field. Coker wore the red shirt and didn't see the field much, golden egg.
10.) CJ Fiedorowicz is huge. So is Carl Davis.
11.) Mike Hardy had an INT off of a zone blitz. Hardy was also playing DT.
12.) The fullback position is a work in progress, lets all hope Rogers gets a clean bill of health and returns to the field this Fall.
That's it for now, Hawks win! Hawks win! Hawks win!
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