Iowa Hawkeyes Football Season Preview History
2015 Iowa Football Preview:
The Iowa Hawkeyes struggled down the stretch last season, losing a number of close games that could have defined their season. Iowa posted a 7-6 record, but lost 4 games by a combined 15 points, leaving Hawkeyes fans wondering what could have been. The 2015 Iowa Hawkeyes team will look drastically different from last season. Gone are starters Jake Rudock, Mark Weisman, and Kevonte Martin-Manley. Iowa will turn the keys to the offense over to junior C.J. Beathard in 2015, who will operate behind an offensive line that boasts 3 senior starters. The offense will hope to control the ball, keeping a talented but young Hawkeyes defense rested. Look for junior running back Lesun Daniels to get plenty of carries, and for the Hawkeyes to rely on the run game more than in recent years. The Big Ten east division looks to be wide open in 2015, with question marks surrounding Wisconsin and Nebraska, opening the door for Iowa to make a run. Top games on the 2015 Iowa Hawkeyes schedule include at Wisconsin, vs. Minnesota, and at Nebraska.
2014 Iowa Football Preview:
The Hawkeyes 2013 season was a major turnaround from the previous year. Iowa won 8 games, including major wins over Michigan and Nebraska. The black and gold then proceeded to take a very good LSU team down to the wire in the Outback Bowl, losing by a single score. The biggest departures for Iowa in the offseason were in the linebacking core, where the Hawkeyes lost 3 outstanding players to the NFL draft. The defense will turn to senior middle linebacker Quinton Alston to steady a unit that is now mostly underclassman. The offensive side of the ball looks to be one of the most experienced and dangerous in the Big 10. Junior quarterback Jake Rudock will operate behind an offensive line anchored by senior right tackle Andrew Donnal. Iowa has a favorable Big 10 schedule this season, and won’t play Michigan State, Michigan, or Ohio State in the regular season. The Hawkeyes will instead look to big games at home against Wisconsin and Nebraska as the high points of what looks to be a fantastic season Iowa.
2013 Iowa Football Preview:
Kirk Ferentz and his Iowa Hawkeyes are looking to rebound after a season that saw them lose their last six games and finish with four wins overall. For the Hawkeyes to bounce back in 2013 they will need either sophomore Jake Rudock or junior JUCO transfer Cody Sokol to step up and take over as the quarterback after the departure of James Vandenberg. Iowa will be returning their top two running backs in Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock. The junior duo should be the main focal point of the offense. The Hawkeyes will be led on defense by senior linebackers Christian Kirksey, James Morris and Anthony Hitchens. All three have been named to the 2013 Butkus Award Watch List.
Iowa will welcome Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Michigan to their home field this season while also traveling to face Ohio State and Nebraska in what should be another exciting season of Big Ten football.
2011 Iowa Football Preview:
With plenty of talented experienced players, a driven coach and a favorable schedule Iowa was poised for a great season in 2010. Unfortunately, they stumbled to a 7-5 record, with every loss achingly close. Now that many of the veterans have moved on, coach Kirk Ferentz has a large task ahead of him to see if he can get his young team to new heights.
The biggest question mark on offense will be the quarterback position. Ricki Stanzi has graduated, and James Vanderberg will step in. He showed flashes of promise in his limited playing time last season, so he could be good as full-time starter. Along with Vanderberg will be running back Marcus Coker, who broke out as a star toward the end of last year. The receiving corps should be solid as well with Marvin McNutt and Keenan Davis returning.
As for the defense, the Hawkeyes have their work cut out for them. Though they were among hte leaders in the Big 10 in every category a year ago, they lost nearly all the stars from that squad and will rely heavily on young talent. However, two big names are back in Shaun Prater and Micah Hyde, both of whom will provide strong leadership for a group that will rely on its young veterans for guidance on the big stage.
2010 Iowa Football Preview:
Over the past five years, winning the Big Ten conference title has meant having to go through Ohio State. While the Buckeyes are a favorite to win it again this year, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has an experienced and talented group of players who can give the Hawkeyes their first conference crown since 2004.
The Iowa offense is lead by senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi. Ever since Stanzi took over the starting job in 2008, he has guided Iowa to an 18-4 record and is coming off leading the team to an impressive Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech last year. Stanzi will have one of the best receivers in the Big Ten in Derrell Johnson-Koulianos as a target.
Perhaps Iowa's most dominant player is on defense, as senior Adrian Clayborn is likely one of the best defensive ends in the country. Clayborn was a force to be reckoned with in 2009 as he racked up 11.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. Clayborn also recovered four fumbles and blocked a punt.
This will be Iowa's best chance in years to return to the Rose Bowl, or maybe even contend for a national championship, as they're schedule works out in their favor. The Hawkeyes host Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.
2009 Iowa Football Preview:
Head Coach: Kirk Ferentz
The 2009 Iowa Hawkeyes should once again be one of the best teams in the Big 10 conference. Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz has been at the helm for more than a decade in Iowa City, so he has a roster full of talented players. The goal for Ferentz and his Hawkeyes will be to get through their early season non-conference opponents and into the meat of their Big 10 schedule with a strong record. If Iowa can do that, then Hawkeye fans might be booking reservations to sunny Florida for a big New Year's bowl game.
2008 Iowa Football Preview:
Head Coach: Kirk Ferentz
The University of Iowa Hawkeyes football program is one of the great storied football programs in the NCAA. After two tough seasons in 2006 and 2007 characterized by off the field criminal allegations and the loss of some key players, Iowa fans will be rooting for their team to regain its former stature in the Big Ten and vie for a bowl bid in 2008. Kinnick Stadium will be a wild place this coming fall.