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Iowa’s offensive line ranked No. 1 in Big Ten

[ 0 ] July 2, 2014 |
Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff celebrates a win over Nebraska at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., last year. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)

Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff celebrates a win over Nebraska at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., last year. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)

Big Ten Network senior writer Tom Dienhart thinks Iowa has the best offensive line in the Big Ten Conference.

Dienhart is spending part of his summer ranking the various units on the football field. The Hawkeyes are fourth in his offensive backfield ratings.

Of the Hawkeye offensive line, Dienhart wrote:

A strong line typically always is a calling card of this program under Kirk Ferentz. This season will feature another strong wall. Left tackle Brandon Scherff is one of the best in the nation. Not bad for a high school quarterback. Fellow tackle Andrew Donnal is a mauler. Center Austin Blythe transitioned from guard and is a standout. Depth is good all the way around.

Dienhart is also high on the Hawkeyes’ offensive backfield:

If you see Kirk Ferentz crack a smile, it’s because of this unit. QB Jake Rudock will benefit from the growing pains he endured as a first-time starter in 2013. He needs to refine his down-field passing and go from game manager to playmaker. It has gone from famine to feast at running back with the likes of Mark Weisman, Damon Bullock and Jordan Canzeri at a position stocked with talent.”

Here is a photo gallery of Iowa’s projected starting lineup for the 2014 season:

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

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