It’s no secret how important last year’s senior class was to the success of the overall Hawkeyes football team. And with another edition of spring football beginning here in Iowa City on Wednesday, Kirk Ferentz is eager to find replacements for their leadership.
Now we know on the offensive side of the ball, it’s three-year starter Nate Stanley that’s going to be the heart and soul of that unit. But defense? That’s anybody’s guess.
“It’s a process and it really starts, I think starts to ramp up a little bit during spring practice and then certainly over the course of the summer and as you get into the season you really find out what’s what and who’s who,” Ferentz said. “That’s part of the fun of it, just to see who does what and I think that’s one of the big voids right now, to your point. And then, I’ve been going through this process, walking through the weight room watching guys train and do some things. You start thinking about who the next, best story is gonna be. Who’s the next guy coming up that’s gonna make a mark and leave a mark in the program, so I think that’s really what kind of motivates all of us is to see who’s gonna be stepping up, who’s going to be taking advantage of that opportunity.”
Along with finding new leaders in terms of players, the Hawks are still searching for a replacement for Reese Morgan after his retirement. Ferentz said they’re going to be methodical in their search, adding that they’re likely going have the coach be on the defensive side of the ball.