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2012 Hawkeye defenders seek improvement

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Phil Parker is looking for his best 11.  That's the focus this spring as Parker assumes his new role as the Iowa defensive coordinator.

The Hawkeye unit he inherited suffered a rare off year in 2011.  Iowa finished in the bottom half of the Big Ten in total defense.

"We weren't playing as good as we could or as good as the Hawkeye traditional defenses have played," admitted defensive back Micah Hyde, "so it's been back and forth.  We don't really listen to that, but then again we know we should have played a lot better."

That's something the players say they take personally.  As Iowa wraps up spring practice, constant improvement was the main focus, and the Hawkeyes say the progress they've made over the past few weeks is significant.

"If you look at the first day to where we are right now, I mean you guys weren't here for our first day, but there's a stark difference between then and right now," said linebacker James Morris, "so I'm excited about how much we've improved, and I'm excited about where we're going."

Iowa still has 3 practices remaining on their spring schedule.  They open up this fall against Northern Illinois in Chicago.

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