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Iowa Hawkeye Spring Game Preview

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The Iowa Hawkeyes will be out on the field in full view for the public for the first time since their open practice in Des Moines a few weeks back at their annual spring game.  The spring game signals the end of spring ball as the Hawks are on a mission to repeat as West Division champions, Iowa will keep score using a offense vs defense format to determine the winner of the scrimmage.  Admission is free at Kinnick Stadium, although it is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Johnson County Crisis Center

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming game;

Iowa returns most of their core talent from a Rose Bowl team a year ago including second team All Big Ten quarterback C.J. Beathard.  Beathard is recovering from offseason sports hernia surgery and will likely not be touched but his rocket right arm will be on full display for the fans.

The running back position should be deep as Iowa returns LeShun Daniels, Jr, Akrum Wadley and third down specialist Derrick Mitchell all of whom contributed last year.

Also back are key pieces to the defense including Jim Thorpe Award winner Desmond King who will be joined by returning starters Greg Mabin at the other corner position and Miles Taylor who earned a reputation as a thumper at strong safety.  Joining the group will be newly appointed starting free safety Brandon Snyder, a former Class A player of the year in Iowa who replaces Jordan Lomax.  Josey Jewell returns as starting middle linebacker, Jewell was the first sophomore named a team captain under Kirk Ferentz in 17 years.

The Hawkeyes must replace a number of players on both lines.  Sean Welsh moves from guard to center to take over for Austin Blythe, he will most likely be flanked by Boone Meyers and James Daniels, with Ike Boettger and Cole Croston manning the tackle positions.

On the defensive side the Hakweyes are strong on the inside returning Jaleel Johnson and Nathan Bazata, but lose two starters on the outside in Drew Ott and Nate Meier.  Parker Hesse filled in admirably last year for Ott and figures to be a starter, while a pair of Nelson's, Matt and Anthony will battle for playing time at the end position as well.

 One of the more interesting position battle to keep an eye on lands at the receiver position. Iowa returns last year's leading receiver Matt Vandenberg while Dubuque Wahlert grad Riley McCarron also saw some action but behind them is little experience.  True Sophomore Jerminic Smith showed flashes last year, he will compete for playing time with former Union Star Jay Scheel, Adrian Falconer and converted running back Jonathon Parker.

At the very least it's the final glimpse of football we will get until August, that alone should be enough to get football fans into Kinnick.

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