2007 Iowa Football Preview by BigTen-fans.com
2007 Iowa Hawkeyes football preview
2006 Record: 6-7, 2-6
The Hawkeyes defense has a solid base returning and should have six experienced seniors starting. Juniors Mitch King and Matt Kroul will team up with seniors Ken Iwebema and Bryan Mattison to create one of the best defensive lines in the Big Ten this year. Iwebema returns after missing six games in 2006 due to a shoulder injury. King (5.5 sacks) and Mattison (6.5 sacks) combined for 12 sacks in 2006 and will be high on the scouting reports for opposing teams in 2007.
The secondary is set at the cornerback positions with seniors Adam Shada and Charles Godfrey. Shada and Godfrey are both solid defensive backs, but the safety positions are still up for grabs.
Senior LB Mike Klinkenborg has a nose for the ball (129 tackles in 2006), and senior Mike Humpal will provide solid help in the middle of the field. While the defense has a number of veterans in starting positions, the overall depth of the defense will remain in question. There are a number of battles at positions that could drive players to step up and earn playing time.
The Hawkeyes lost two key starters from last season in K Kyle Schlicher and P Andy Fenstermaker. Both positions are basically open for the taking this year, but sophomore K Austin Signor and freshman P Ryan Donahue have a good shot at landing the kicking duties. What was a security blanket in the past will be a question until someone proves they can handle the pressure on game days.
Andy Brodell is the leading candidate to return punts. Young will return kickoffs along with junior RB Shonn Greene.
It is no secret that many fans felt the Hawkeyes underachieved in 2006. Kirk Ferentz seems to keep the Hawkeyes competitive each year, but now is the time for the Hawkeyes to make a run based on scheduling. Iowa will not play Michigan or Ohio State this season which should give the Hawkeyes hope of improving their win total in 2007. Nine wins isn’t out of reach for Iowa in 2007, but veteran players will need to stay healthy for the fans in Iowa City to see success this year.
Iowa Hawkeyes 2007 Football Schedule
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