April 19, 2006

Spring Rewind: A look at the Iowa offense

Spring practices have wrapped up for the Hawkeyes and we have a little bit of an idea of what the 2006 Iowa Football team will look like based on the action this past Saturday afternoon. The Iowa offense, led by Drew Tate and Albert Young, will have plenty of weapons behind an offensive line with plenty of potential. We break down the offense to see where things stand after the dust has settled.

QB: If there was any question coming into the spring about who the starting quarterback would be, and really there wasn't, it is pretty clear the Drew Tate has the position locked up. Tate looks ready to take his game to another level this fall and is better than ever.

The real question looming into the fall is who will be No. 2 on the depth chart. With Jason Manson's move, at least part-time, to wide receiver, Iowa used this spring to get more reps for the quarterback in waiting, Jake Christensen, who will likely take over the controls of the Iowa offense in 2007. Christensen had his positive moments this spring and on Saturday completed a wonderful deep ball for a touchdown. But, the idea that perhaps Christensen will split any time with Tate like McCann and Banks did in 2001is probably a reach at this point.

The only remaining question would be where does Manson fit into the mix? I hate to even bring this up, but if Tate were injured and missed time, who is the No. 2 quarterback? That question will probably have to wait for fall camp to be answered, but I suspect that on the depth chart we see this summer; Christensen will be listed as the backup, perhaps with Manson.

RB: This is perhaps the most stacked position on the Iowa roster right now, which is a far cry to last spring when many of the main performers were wearing red jerseys. There is no question that Albert Young is the main back for the Hawkeyes. After leading the conference in rushing last season, Young looks stronger, bigger, and more importantly quicker than in 2005. Last year, Young probably lacked that extra gear coming off ACL surgery. Now that gear is back.

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