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Hawkeyes going "up-tempo" in spring football practice

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Iowa's passing game ranked 94th in the nation last season. Iowa's passing game ranked 94th in the nation last season.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - The Iowa Hawkeyes wrap up spring practice with a scrimmage at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday.

Iowa's defense was back among the nation's elite last season, ranking sixth in yards allowed. The Hawkeyes offense failed to follow suit. Iowa ranked 85th overall in yards gained and were 94th in passing yards.
     
The Hawkeyes will be among the favorites in the Big Ten's new West Division, because it has a 8 returning starters on offense and what appears to be a manageable schedule.

Iowa keeps running more "no-huddle" offense, which leads to more plays and hopefully, more points.

"I think we jumped last year about eight plays a ball game or somewhere in that area," says Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis. "We can function totally without a huddle now even though we can huddle if we choose to and we've picked the tempo up."

"If we have to run forty plays and we can get a win with that, I'm fine with that," says quarterback Jake Rudock. "If we have to run 140 to get the win, I'm fine with that too. Whatever tempo is best that keeps the defense off-balance, I think is the best for our team."

Iowa's spring scrimmage is Saturday at 2 o'clock.
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