Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz says it is time to move on. The Hawkeyes get ready for the start of spring drills after posting a school record 12 wins in a season which culminated with a trip to the Rose Bowl.
The Hawkeyes will have a number of starters back on both sides of the ball but Ferentz knows that sustaining success can be more difficult than obtaining it.
“We just have to realize that we don’t have any debt right now but we don’t have any credit either”, said Ferentz. “Anything we did last year, two years ago or 15 years ago is not going to help us this year.”
Two starters are gone along the offensive line but five players with starting experience return for that unit and Ferentz says a key will be replacing the leadership that last year’s senior class displayed.
C.J. Beathard returns at quarterback after passing for more than 28 hundred yards and 17 touchdowns. He is ready to go after off-season surgery to repair a sports hernia.
“I would not describe him as 100 percent but I think he is pretty close to it right now”, said Ferentz. “He should be able to practice full speed but we will be careful with what we do with him because it is still a little bit delicate at this point.”
The Hawkeyes close out spring drills with an open practice in Kinnick Stadium on April 23.