July 28, 2014

Iowa running backs face competition for playing time

With their top four rushers back from last year there is added competition during spring drills for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Mark Weisman, Jordan Canzeri, Damon Bullock and LeShun Daniels all return off last year’s team that finished 8-5. “There’s great competition, we have depth at the running back position right now, we have experience at the running back position, and we have some young guys who are trying to make a move and earn their niche at the running back position,”  according to running backs coach Chris White.

White says the crowded competition is a good problem to have as it creates great competition and pushes the players to move forward. White says each of the running backs bring something a little different to the offense. He says it would be great if one back could do it all, but says that’s not going to happen.

Several redshirt freshman are vying for playing time in a receiving corps that should help the offense make more big plays next season. “Right now we’re seeing good results from some of those guys, but it’s a continuous process,” receivers coach Bobby Kennedy says.

Damond Powell provided a big play spark last season and Kennedy says he is working hard to become a complete receiver. He says he sees Powell as continuing to develop through camp and hopefully making a move.

The Hawkeyes will hold a practice at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines on Saturday.