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The 10 most important Hawkeyes of 2014

[ 0 ] April 15, 2014 |

Iowa football reporter Andrew Logue looks at 10 players who could be pivotal to Iowa’s success in 2014, counting down from No. 10 to No. 1:

Iowa defensive lineman Carl Davis. (File photo)

Iowa defensive lineman Carl Davis (71). (File photo)

10. WR Kevonte Martin-Manley – He emerged as Rudock’s go-to guy last season. To maintain that status, he’ll have to be more consistent, less mistake prone.

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9. RB Jordan Canzeri – We’ve only seen a sampling of what Canzeri can do. If he stays healthy and is given an opportunity, the Hawkeyes could have an offensive pacesetter.

8. RB Mark Weisman – A versatile, hard-nosed ball carrier, slowed by injuries. He’s a possible workhorse against any opponent, but not for an entire season.

7. C Austin Blythe – Should be more settled in his role after switching from guard last season. You can never over-value the comfort level between a quarterback and center.

Iowa linebacker Quinton Alston (David Scrivner/Iowa City Press)

Iowa linebacker Quinton Alston (David Scrivner/Iowa City Press)

6. CB Desmond King – He was thrust into a starting role last season and excelled. The secondary is still a concern. His potential brings peace of mind.

5. LB Quinton Alston – He’s one of the primary reasons nobody is panicking about Iowa’s lack of experience at linebacker. He’s smart, and by all accounts a strong leader.

4. LT Brandon Scherff – The lynchpin of Iowa’s offensive line. He’s poised to add another chapter in the Hawkeyes’ history of stellar left tackles.

3. QB Jake Rudock – There is nothing wrong with being a game manager. He doesn’t have the strongest arm or the quickest first step, but you trust his decision making.

2. DT Louis Trinca-Pasat – He’s sort of the Robin to Davis’ Batman. Not the kind of player concerned about stardom, but salty in the trenches.

1. DT Carl Davis – Opponents must double team the 6-foot-5, 315-pound senior, which helps the linebackers. His personality prevents teammates from getting down.

Category: Big Ten, Hawkeye news, Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Andrew Logue: Andrew has been with the Des Moines Register for 15 years, covering everything from preps to Hawkeye and Cyclone sports, as well as the Drake Relays. View author profile.

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