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You were waiting on that glorious announcement to launch this thread, weren't you?
Ahh the smell of a fresh Big Ten thread.
Let's start this off right...last week of the season brings the new Farmaggeddon. **** you Wisconsin, you can't just decide who gets to be your rivals, especially when you have absolutely no attachment other than our AD used to go to school there. Iowa-Nebraska was so painfully obvious for the last weekend and a new rivalry that I don't know how anyone could deny that. Iowa-Nebraska >>>>>>>>>>> Wisconsin-Nebraska.
Oh also, suckers got screwed in the divisional allignment. :)
too bad Ohio State fans really don't care about TCU. We won our bowl and we didn't play TCU. They could put one up on Gee's street, but this is about the same as Cincinnati putting up those "Ohio's BCS team" billboards last year. Little Brother complex.
So with the expectation that Shaun Prater, Tyler Sash, and Marvin McNutt are going to skip their senior seasons, Iowa is going to be a pretty young/green team this year...
QB - Jonathon Moxon - RS Junior with 2 starts + other limited PT
RB - Marcus Coker - True Soph and monster - 622 yards in 3 starts + some
Deandre Johnson - RS Freshman
Rodney Coe/Mikail McCall - True Freshmen
WR - Keenan Davis - True Junior - Limited PT last 2 seasons and basically
only returning WR with experience
Jordan Cotton/Other RS Jrs/RS or True Sophs
TE - Brad Herman - Senior - Back up TE this year with good experience
CJ Fiedorowicz - True Soph - STs experience
LT - Riley Reiff - RS Jr - no explanation necessary
LG - Adam Gettis - RS Sr - some experience, always hurt
C - James Ferentz - True Jr. - good experience
RG - Nolan MacMillan/Casey McMillan - RS Soph - limited to no experience
RT - Markus Zusevics - Sr. - Started every game in 2010
DE - Broderick Binns - Senior - Was starter in 2009 and half of 2010
DT - Mike Daniels - Senior - Beasted in 2010 as a part time starter
DT - Steve Bigch - Jr. - Limited experience
DE - Lebron Daniel - Senior - Limited Experience
LB - Tyler Nielsen - Senior - Limited Experience
LB - James Morris - True Soph - Prepare your anuses Big Ten
LB - Someone that has limited to no experience
CB - Micah Hyde - Jr. - INT return specialist
CB - Greg Castillo/William Lowe - Soph/Jr - limited experience and meh
SS - Tanner Miller - Soph - 1 game experience (I think)
FS - Jordan Bernstein - Senior - Used to start at CB
So yea, that's a lot of inexperience and youth. Should be an eventful season. Hopefully Coker can just go Shonn Greene on everyone and the defense is somewhat dominant as usual.
From what I've gathered, he and Vandenberg were basically level last year and the staff liked Vandenberg just a bit more, which is why he go the nod at NW, OSU, and Minnesota. He's supposedly not too far behind.
I mean, as of right now, Vandenberg is assumed to be the starter, but it isn't set in stone. Weinke will have a shot and if he has a good offseason we could see splitting snaps to start the year much like Iowa did in 08 with Christensen and Stanzi, in actually a very similar situation coming in.
Somewhat. Now I am just paraphrasing because I was too lazy to read the whole article, but I believe that his HS coach told him to stay and had a talk with him. So, I guess he got forced to stay and he also wanted to stay by just cooling down and thinking things over. I don't know.