Monday, August 9, 2010

Iowa's quest for another strong run begins with rebuilding Offensive Line for 2010

“I think we’ll be OK in September.” ~ Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz

Four key offensive linemen have departed the University of Iowa, after last year's 11-2 season and Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech. Iowa returns sophomore OT Riley Reiff and senior OG Julian Vandeverde from the starting lineup, but C Rafael Eubanks, G Dace Richardson and Ts Bryan Bulaga and Kyle Calloway have departed. All four players received all-Big Ten honors of some kind for there play in 2009. Further, reserve Gs Dan Doering and Andy Kuempel have departed too.

It will be a new offensive line for the Hawkeyes, but head coach Kirk Ferentz and offensive line coach Reese Morgan are confident in the personnel Iowa has in 2010.

“We like to think as an offensive line that we’re always going to control the
tempo of the game, to a certain extent. Games are won or
lost in the trenches, and we believe that to the utmost extent at Iowa. For us
to have that sort of pressure put on us is something we welcome.”
~ Iowa senior
offensive guard Julian Vandervelde

Hawkeye football: Iowa feeling optimistic offensive line will hold up ‎-
Iowa returns its core from last year's 11-2 team that won the Orange Bowl and took Ohio State to overtime with the Big Ten title on the line. ...
Hawkeyes shrugging off preseason hype ‎ - Daily Times Herald
Preseason top-10 ranking no surprise to Hawkeye fans ‎ -
Camp Central: 10 questions with Josh Koeppel ‎ - University of Iowa Athletics
Iowa football notes: Van Sloten pulls into depth chart ‎ - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

The Iowa coaching staff received some good news for the 2011 season with a verbal recruit for another offensive linemen. According to, Iowa, the Hawkeyes have received 13 oral commitments for the Class of 2011 thus far. National signing day is February 2, 2011, when oral commitments can become final.

Jordan Walsh commits to Iowa - ‎ESPN
Jordan Walsh decided to finalize his recruitment Monday and chose Iowa. ... he is expected to be among the state's top offensive linemen this season. ...
Glenbard West's Walsh commits to Iowa - Chicago Tribune
Hawkeyes pick up Illinois O-lineman - (blog)


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