Spring football is underway at the University of Northern Iowa where the Panthersare hoping to make another lengthy playoff run next season. The Panthers made it to the semifinal round of the national playoffs in 2008 before suffering a heart-breaking loss to eventual nation champion Richmond.
UNI coach Mark Farley likes the potential of his team if some new players come through. He says the schemes and systems are in place, they just need to find the players to fill the spots. Farley says there will be more issues arise with the defense because of the new players.
Farley says on defense the Panthers will be a mix of youth and experience with four seniors on the line and many of the others could be freshmen. There will be few changes on an experienced offensive unit that expects to put up big numbers. Farley says he feels good about what is coming back as the line is intact and the quarterbacks are coming back.
Farley says they are making a few position changes in hopes of building depth on the defensive line. They will move guys who were playing offensive line to the defense to see what they can do this spring and if it doesn’t work, they can move them back over to offense. The Panthers spring game is set for April 25th.