The Iowa Hawkeyes enter the 2011 season under the radar with unknown
expectations. If you an iowa fan, lately that’s how you want it. Kirk Ferentz
teams are known for performing better under the radar and no news is good news.
Iowa opens the season at home vs Tennessee Tech at 11am on the
BTN. Iowa will be lead by junior quarterback James Vandenberg, who is known for
performing quite well under pressure at the Shoe two years ago for the Big Ten
title. Emerging star Marcus Coker returns as Iowa’s running back who made his
name in the Insight Bowl last December with his record breaking performance.
Marvin McNutt also returns as the key senior receiver for the Hawks, who will
look to be one of the leaders of the offense with his play on, and off the
field. Iowa returns an awesome offensive line for the 2011 season. Some of the
bigger names include Rielly Rieff, who is projected to be a high draft pick
next year if he decides to forgo his senior season. The starting center for the
Hawks is James Ferentz who is head coach Kirk Ferentz’s son. Ferentz is one of
the smarter centers in the league an will be looking to make that next step
On the defensive side, Iowa’s defensive line is the most inexperienced
but has great depth at that postition. Broaderick Binns and Mike Daniels are
the only returning guys with playing experience on the defensive line and look
to become true leaders. James Morris is the leader of the strong linebacking
core and Micah Hyde and Shaun Prater look to somewhat replace Sash and
Greenwood-who are both in the NFL.
Look for Vandenberg to light it up vs Tennessee Tech, he hasn’t
seen live action in awhile now and im sure he is anxious to hit Kennan Davis on
a slant route and test his deep ball to McNutt. Also look for Kavante
Martin-Manley to make a name for himself against a weak opponent; he has had a
On the defensive side, the defensive line should get some much
needed reps and maybe some confidence heading into Ames for the battle of the
Cy-Hawk. Tyler Neilsen will return after playing hurt for half the season so
look for him to be excited to perform. Of course, there is Prater and Hyde who
should dominate the passing game.
Even with Tennessee Tech returning 19 starters, Iowa should handle