The Hawkeye offense took most of the blame for last season's 4-8 record. Iowa ranked 99th in rushing and 96th in passing, and was 116th in total offense out of 120 division one teams.
Offensive coordinator Greg Davis spoke at Monday's Siouxland I-Club banquet. This will be Davis' second season in Iowa City and he'll have a new starting quarterback.
Cody Sokol, Jake Rudock and C-J Beathard are battling for the QB job, but head coach Kirk Ferentz says a starter won't be named until August. James Vandenberg took every single snap last season, the only D-1 school to play just one quarterback.
"You want to play the player at any position, at running back, offensive line, tight end or quarterback, that gives you the best opportunity on that given Saturday," said Davis. "We felt like we were doing that. Obviously, hindsight being 20-20, it would have been nice had we gotten Jake some snaps, but we didn't. But we did what we thought was right for that situation."
After redshirting his freshman season, Bishop Heelan grad Michael Malloy is ready to contribute at running back. Malloy had an ankle injury that kept him out for most of the spring, but he did have 12 carries for a team-high 61 yards in the spring game, with a touchdown.
Davis says Malloy was happy to see some live action.
"In fact I saw him after the spring game, a couple days after the spring game and I said 'I enjoyed watching you play live'. He said, 'coach, it's the first time I've been tackled in over a year and a half'. I think he was excited to get back and play live."
Iowa opens the season on August 31st against Northern Illinois, who was 12 and 2 last season, but lost to Iowa 18-17 in Chicago.
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