October 22, 2014

New Hawkeye offensive coordinator sees bigger role for tight ends, no huddle

New Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis the perception of the Iowa program he always had has been verified during spring drills. The Hawkeyes will hold an open scrimmage on Saturday in Kinnick Stadium.

 “Iowa has a reputation of being extremely physical, well-coached smart football team and that has been verified. The guys like the game, they understand the game, so it’s been more along those lines than something I didn’t expect,” Davis says.

Davis says the Hawkeyes have an outstand crop of tight ends led by junior C.J. Fiedorowicz. He says in 39 spring practices “I’ve never had a tight end like C.J. with his size and ability to play at the line of scrimmage and also to stretch the field,” according to Davis. He says the other tight ends look good too and he says they will try to expand what they do and what they ask of them.

Davis says if you can put two tight ends, and two receivers and a runningback on the field, you typically get a base defense, and he says if you can take those personnel and make it look like a one-back formation, you can pick up an advantage.

Davis says they using time in each practice to work on a no-huddle offense. “We’re still not greased up, totally competent with it, but we’re headed in the right direction with that,” Davis says.

Davis would like it to be a regular feature of the Iowa attack next season. He says they want to be able to play a lot of the game in the no huddle, but he says it depends on the opponent. Davis says the no huddle has the ability to change the complexion of the game and they want to be able to jump into it when they chose to.