Iowa's offensive and defensive line coaches are looking for more consistency in 2013.
The Hawkeyes still have another week of work before spring football ends. Iowa has just a 19-19 overall record in the last three years. The Hawks missed a bowl game for just the fourth time in Kirk Ferentz' 14 seasons in Iowa City.
It's no secret that the offense was bad in 2012. The Hawks averaged only 123 yards per game on the ground and 187 through the air, ranking 116th overall in total offense.
Iowa lost two starters in the o-line to injury last season. But assistant coach Brian Ferentz says injuries are a part of college football, and you can't use them as an excuse.
"Can you move pieces in and out. Can you move guys in and out and maintain a certain level of play? That's always the trick," said Brian Ferentz. "I don't feel like we did that very well last year. I don't feel like we're doing it really that well right now. That's something we need to improve because if you sit around and expect that not to happen, you're preparing for failure."
The Iowa defense was solid last year, ranking 50th.The Hawks will be young on the defensive line, where the two-deep has four true freshman.
With quick-hitting, spread offenses now the norm, Iowa has to find a way to get to the quarterback. The Hawks ranked last in the Big Ten with 8 sacks in 8 conference games.
"We're asking a guy that's a defensive end, line up on the tight end, make sure you hit him. He doesn't release, then release him," said Reese Morgan. "Now take on that left tackle or right tackle and then pressure the quarterback, and you've got to do all that in two and a half or three seconds. We're asking a lot of the guys but they're responding and we know that's an area we have to improve upon."
Iowa's spring scrimmage is on April 27th.
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