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Hawkeyes hire new WR coach to spark offense

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Bobby Kennedy is Iowa's new wide receivers coach. Iowa ranked 116th in offense last season. Bobby Kennedy is Iowa's new wide receivers coach. Iowa ranked 116th in offense last season.

The numbers don't lie. The Hawkeye offense was one of the worst in the country last season. Iowa ranked 116th overall in total yards, out of 124 teams.

Kirk Ferentz hired a new assistant to coach the wide receivers. Bobby Kennedy brings 22 years of experience to Iowa City. He spent the last two seasons at Colorado and was at Texas for seven years before that.

Kennedy takes over a group that caught just seven TD passes last season and will have a new starting quarterback this season who's never thrown a pass in the Big Ten.

After a losing season last year, Kennedy says the players are determined to not go through that again.

"They're probably, not only the wide receivers but the group as a whole, they're probably a little embarrassed about last year," said Bobby Kennedy. "What I've seen out of these guys so far is they want to fix it. Obviously there's a standard at Iowa and anytime you go 4-8 and you don't go to a bowl game, I think there is embarrassment. They might not say it but their actions in terms of doing extra things, working, they want this thing to turn around."

Iowa's spring scrimmage in Iowa City is Saturday, April 27th. The Hawkeyes will hold a public practice in West Des Moines on Sunday.

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