Five burning questions for Hawkeyes spring practice
Who will be the featured running back?
The departure of Mark Weisman, who turned heads at the Hawkeyes pro day leaves a void. Odds are that Jordan Canzeri will be the guy to replace him after he averaged 4.8 yards per carry last season. The position will be competitive, however, with Akrum Wadley and Jonathan Parkerin the mix, plus LeShun Daniels returning from injury.
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How much will Carl Davis and Louis Trinca-Pasat be missed?
When you lose a pair of three-year starters that anchored your defensive line, you'll notice their absence. That said, the Hawkeyes are in position to soften the blow with two juniors Jaleel Johnson and Faith Ekakitie, plus sophomore Nathan Bazata, all ready to step into starting roles. It’s their time to step up, especially while the team searches for its next middle linebacker.
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Who is the next man up after Brandon Scherff?
At this point, we can all assume that Iowa will find a great player to plug in at tackle given its incredible track record on the offensive line. With the All-American Scherff moving on to the NFL, sophomore Boone Myers looks to be the guy. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Myers came into Iowa City as a tight end, so he looks to be the next nimble LT to anchor the line.
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Was choosing C.J. Beathard the right choice?
The QB battle of last season is settled. With Jake Rudock granted permission to seek transfer with no strings attached, the job belongs to C.J. Beathard. The questions is whether Beathard, who completed 52-of-92 passes for 645 yards and five scores last season, is ready for primetime. They also only have one scholarship QB on the roster this spring.
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Is Kirk Ferentz actually on the hot seat?
The Hawkeyes went just 7-6 in 2014 with what many considered a soft schedule, so Ferentz's seat is getting hot. Iowa has had a winning conference record just once in five years while treading water as a program. A $4-million-per-year salary and a good relationship with his athletic director and big-name donors may keep him in Iowa City regardless of record next season.