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Hawkeyes add new defensive assistant

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Defensive assistant Jim Reid brings more than 30 years of coaching experience to Iowa. Defensive assistant Jim Reid brings more than 30 years of coaching experience to Iowa.

Since coming to Iowa in 1999, Kirk Ferentz has had one of the most stable coaching staffs in the country. But last season, Iowa added new offensive and defensive coordinators and two more new assistants were added in February and are coaching in spring practice.

Defensive assistant Jim Reid brings more than 30 years of coaching experience to Iowa, including the last three years as the defensive coordinator at Virginia.

The Hawkeye defense was last in the Big Ten in sacks and last in third down stops, but Reid inherits eight returning starters. Linebackers James Morris and Anthony Hitchens each had over 100 tackles and Christian Kirksey had 95.

Reid says his perception of Iowa was that's it's a fundamentally sound team.

"Hard-nosed, tough, run the football, throw play-action pass, and play good, stout defense," said Reid. "That's what it was."

"There's really two things you can do. You can take it as a positive and as an opportunity to grow," said James Morris. "Or you can say 'I don't like this guy, he doesn't get me'. Nobody's doing that because nothing good can come from that. It's been positive so far."

Iowa's spring scrimmage is April 27th in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes will hold an open practice in West Des Moines on Saturday.

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