July 23, 2014

Young receivers look for playing time at Iowa

A young and inexperienced group of receivers are trying to pick up a new offense for the Iowa football team. The Hawkeyes are without Marvin McNutt who closed out his career as the Hawks all-time leading receiver.

Receivers coach Erik Campbell says the biggest thing right now is to learn the new system put in by the new offensive coordinator. Senior Keenan Davis is the top target coming back. He had 50 catches in 2011.

He says Kevante Martin-Manley is showing the experience he gained in playing last year and says he has done a good job moving ahead in the spring. Campbell says the receivers have new terminology this spring under new offensive coordinator Greg Davis, and there are some differences in reading the defense that have to be learned.

Campbell says there is not only competition for playing time but also competition to see who will be the number one receiver. “It’s always competition, and also there’s competition to stay on the field as there are young guys behind them who want to get on the field,” Campbell says.

Campbell expects Davis to step into McNutt’s shoes even though the standard has been set high. He says Davis as an older guy is expected to have a higher level of play than the young guys.

Iowa wraps up spring practice on April 14th.