LG Boffeli is great and has really improved
Hill is similar to OSU RB Hyde
QB - Rudock is a RS Soph in his first year as starter. He is very smart and has an accurate arm. He is very little threat to run. He struggles some with deep throws and throwing in the wind. We have no good depth behind him
Rudock has definitely been a game manager and can be hot and cold. Overcomes mistakes well. He actually runs pretty well, but is now in two knee braces so won't be as mobile. We do have a RS frosh CJ Beathard as his backup who took the battle for starting QB into summer camp. Beathard has a much stronger arm and is also a better runner, but not as good a game manager. His tools may eventually allow him to take over the starting role.
RB - We have 4 good backs. Not great but good. 45 Weisman is a power back. He is a converted walk-on FB. 5 Bullock - decent pass catcher and blocker but, poor runner. 33 Canzeri - good all around back with speed. He goes down easy but is still our top back. For some reason he is still 3rd string. 29 Daniels - true FR power back with potential.
Agree with most of this with a couple of exceptions. Bullock is a decent runner, not poor. Canzeri has gotten better as the season wore on, but is not a tough runner and can get dinged. He's third string because he's the third best RB on the team. Daniels probably won't be heard from as he hasn't played since mid-season, but we love his potential as a Shonn Greene starter kit.
FB - Two decent lead blockers who have been improving.
Very underrated and underappreciated FBs who can come out of the backfield and catch the ball on screens. Have stoned several LB on iso plays this year.
TE - We can go 5 deep. 86 Fiedorowicz is 6-7 senior and clutch; can't break a tackle. 87 Duzey is a stud in the making. Out ran the entire OSU secondary for a long scores this year.
Other TEs not mentioned are Hamilton, Krieger-Coble and Kittle. We ran 3TE sets a bunch which generate a bunch of matchup issues for defenses as any of the three are good receivers as well. Pick your poison.
OL - Good overall. C Blythe is great. LG Boffeli is great and has really improved. LT Scherff is a stud but lacks consistency. RG we rotate two guys. RT Van Sloten has been solid but really struggled as a senior. He has a hard time with fast athletic guys.
I think he's selling the OL short here. Very few sacks given up. The guards can get bullrushed from time to time, but zone blocking gives them help with initial double teams. Very athletic bunch who don't carry much body fat at all. Scherff will join Gallery, Bulaga and Reiff in a long line of great LTs at Iowa. Our best recruit for next year as he is a 1st rounder this year as a junior, but will be returning for his senior season.
WR - Poor. 11 Martin-Manley is the go to guy. 22 Powell has elite speed.
I would agree that WR is not a strength of the team, but he sells this a little short here. Martin-Manly is a solid possession receiver. Tevaun Smith (#4) has really come on as the season has progressed. Powell hasn't really played much, but is quick. Also spot duty for Shumpert, Vandeberg and Hillyer who aren't horrible, but won't strike fear into the hearts of DBs.
DL - Very solid and much improved. Will benefit from Alvis playing. Our DT use to sit back and pretty much spy the QB and then fail to stop him running. Our DE use to run too far up field and leave huge holes for a QB to run through. They play with good leverage.
Role of the DL is to take up blockers to allow LBs to run free and make tackles. Also contain in their lanes with upfield pressure on the passer. Tackles are better than the DEs, but all are improving. Will do some stunting with twists and other DL games.
LB - We start three SR with a ton of experience. They have played their best this season. 31 Hitchens is the best tackling and run stoping LB LSU will have faced all year.
Best unit on the team, with TEs a close second. Kirksey is a guy that just anchors his side, Morris in the middle was a Lott Award finalist and Hitchens has been playing the best of the three, with his best games of the season against Michigan and Nebraska. All three were Butkus Award candidates.
CB -19 Lowery - big play ability but makes some poor plays. Similar to Mills. 14 King a true FR who has improved all year long. He shut down Michigan's Gallon late in the year.
Lowery might be dinged and will be a mid-round draft pick in April. King has been solid and improving as you would expect a true frosh to. Also play some nickel with Draper, Lomax and Fleming as alternates.
S - Very poor 5 Miller SR one of the worst Safeties to start at Iowa in a long time. 37 Lowdermilk very poor as well. Both bite on PA a lot.
He's being a little tough on the two starting safeties for the nations #10 defense. If they were that bad our defense wouldn't be nearly as effective. They have been burned on broken coverage (Lowdermilk in particular), but have improved in this area. Both fill on the run very effectively with Lowdermilk being the more physical of the two. Miller is the QB of the defense and a vital cog in their success.
Special teams. K Meyer is good but poor in the clutch. P Kornbrath is poor. Kick coverage is good. KR is very poor. PR is decent.
Meyer is solid, but has had to kick in some rough conditions. Decent leg and range to 50 yards. Kornbrath is inconsistent. Has killed several inside the 10, but can also shank especially when trying to flip the field. Cotton is average as a KO returner, but does have enough top end speed to break one. Punt returner is Martin-Manley who ran two back for TDs against W. Michigan, but hasn't done much since. Solid possession guy who doesn't make many mistakes.
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