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Iowa offense 2.0 will be better, players say

[ 0 ] April 5, 2013 |

Greg Davis came to Iowa last spring as the new offensive coordinator. Last fall Iowa finished 4-8 and had one of the worst offenses in college football.

Hawkeye players are convinced things will be different this fall.

“We’re playing a lot faster now,” junior receiver Jordan Cotton said. “Its being comfortable in this offense after being in it for a year now.

“I feel like we’re playing a lot faster.”

Iowa turned over three position coaches this winter. One of the coaches Kirk Ferentz hired was Bobby Kennedy, who worked with Davis at Texas. He was a receivers coach with the Longhorns, and has the same job at Iowa.

“I think everybody, in the second year, being on the same page, they’re more comfortable, they’re playing faster because they understand the concepts better,” Kennedy said. “I think you’ll see a change.”

Iowa was 111th nationally in scoring offense (19.33 points per game) and 114th in total offense (310.42 yards per game).

In addition, the team’s passing efficiency was 112th (107.69).

Exit James Vandenberg — who took every snap a year ago — and enter Jake Rudock, a sophomore-to-be who has been waiting two long clipboard-holding years for this chance.

“I’d say we’re learning more of the nuances of the offense, rather than just getting it down,” Rudock said. “Actually learning the reasons behind certain things … why certain routes are run certain ways against certain coverages.”

Rudock is in a three-way competition for the starting quarterback job with freshman C.J. Beathard, and junior Cody Sokol.

“What I’ve seen from the quarterbacks is that they all throw the ball well,” Kennedy said. “There’s going to be some mistakes that younger guys make. But as they gain experience they’ll get better.”

Rudock set single-season records at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in passing yards (2,827), touchdowns (36) and efficiency (210.0).

Iowa had seven passing touchdowns last season. Only two FBS teams had fewer — Army (3) and New Mexico (5).

“Throughout the season we were always working on it,” Cotton said of the offense. “It took a whole season to get comfortable with it.”

Rudock said switching offenses last spring was a big change.

“On the field is very different than on paper,” Rudock said. “Guys are coming after you on the field. On paper, they are sitting there stagnant.”

Spring practice is underway and concludes with an open scrimmage on April 27.

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