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Hawkeyes' Spearman ready to fill big shoes

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A season ago, Iowa featured one of the most talented, experience linebacking corps in the Big Ten. This year features a bit more youth.

The trio of James Morris, Anthony Hitchens, and Christian Kirksey have all moved on to NFL camps. That's made way for a new starting 3 in senior Quinton Alston, junior Travis Perry, and sophomore Reggie Spearman.

Spearman, who turns 18 on Sunday, will be making his first significant contributions on defense, after spending most of his true freshman year on the kickoff team.

Spearman's youth doesn't bother head coach Kirk Ferentz.

"It doesn't seem to faze Reggie," says Ferentz, "He's really got a good attitude. He did a really nice job last spring when we made the decision to go play him. Part of that was we really thought he'd have an opportunity to compete for a starting job."

As for Spearman's part, he's appreciative of the confidence the coaching staff has shown in him.

"All the linebackers we have are great linebackers. I'm just glad the coaches trust me enough to be out there," says the sophomore linebacker, "because I know any of those guys can step in and do what I'm doing."

Spearman is set to get his first start when the Hawkeyes open against UNI on August 30.

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