Posted by: marcmwm | April 6, 2009

Spring observations . . .

From the official Hawkeye site, here are a few observations:

— April 1 practice, photo No. 18 shows redshirt freshman Adam Robinson wearing a white practice jersey and working

Iowa running back Jewel Hampton tucks the ball under his arm while working out during the team's practice Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at the Kenyon Football Practice Facility. Hampton rushed for 463 yards and seven TDs, the most ever by a true freshman running back at Iowa, last season. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

Iowa running back Jewel Hampton tucks the ball under his arm while working out during the team's practice Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at the Kenyon Football Practice Facility. Hampton rushed for 463 yards and seven TDs, the most ever by a true freshman running back at Iowa, last season. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

 out with the defensive backs. This confirms his position change from RB to safety.

— April 1 practice, photo No. 30 shows RB Jayme Murphy running with the ball in full gear. This is a good thing, considering there were questions after a concussion he suffered last season.

— April 4 practice, photo No. 1 shows Trey Stross and Marvin McNutt running as first-team WRs in what looks to be a 7-on-7 drill. This would be a huge jump for McNutt, who made the switch from QB early last season. Junior Paki O’Meara appears to be the running back.

— April 4 practice, photo No. 4 shows sophomore CB Willie Lowe making a textbook play on a pass intended for Stross. This must’ve been 1s vs. 2s, so Lowe is a No. 2 CB right now.

— The next picture shows Shaun Prater making a similar play against an unidentified wideout.

— Photo No. 6 shows that senior Travis Meade has moved from guard to defensive tackle. He’s wearing a white jersey and is shown with a group led by D-line coach Rich Kaczenski. Also, No. 37 in that picture might be Bryce Griswold, who would’ve moved to DL from fullback.

— Photo 19 shows sophomore David Cato working the the 1s at strong safety. This was expected with safeties Tyler Sash and Brett Greenwood sitting out spring with shoulder injuries.

— Photo No. 21 shows DT Karl Klug and MLB Jacody Coleman all over QB John Wienke for what appears to be a sack during a 7-on-7.

— Photo No. 24 shows senior Rafael Eubanks running with the 1s at center.

— Photo No. 26 shows TEs Brad Herman and Allen Reisner taking a knee. With senior Tony Moeaki sideline this spring after surgery on his left foot, Herman and Reisner are the top two TEs.

— From a collection of photos from Sunday’s scrimmage in the bubble, junior Daniel Murray is shown in photo No. 6 booting field goals with junior punter Ryan Donahue holding. Does this mean Murray is No. 1 over sophomore Trent Mossbrucker? Not enough info to say.

— Photo 7 has Murphy running the ball. We don’t know what or if he’s working on special teams. My guess would be not, at least not right now. I’m not sure how much live special teams work is done during the spring.

— There were a few  pictures of LB Troy Johnson blowing things up.

— Photo N0. 9 appears to be a long completion to WR Paul Chaney. Can’t tell which DB he got a step on and don’t know who threw it, but Chaney making a play is a good thing for a WR group that is in all-hands-on-deck mode as far as quality depth goes.

— The next series of photos shows Stanzi pulling the ball down and running. During 7-on-7, that’s a win for the coverage. Stanzi didn’t see anyone open.

— If it’s 1s vs. 2s, then O’Meara is the No. 1 RB and photo No. 13 shows him taking a pass and running toward No. 4 Jordan Bernstine. Or maybe it’s 1 vs. 1, with Bernstine holding down the No. 1 left corner.

— No. 16 shows sophomore Tyler Nielsen in for A.J. Edds at outside linebacker. Edds is sitting out spring after shoulder surgery.

— Photo 24 shows a D-line of DE Christian Ballard, DT Karl Klug and newly minted DT Travis Meade.

— Photo 27 shows WR Nick Kuchel making a move against LB Jeff Tarpinian. This shows that Tarpinian is at least a No. 2 at WLB.

— Photo 29 has sophomore Adam Gettis running with the 1s as a guard. This would be a bit of a surprise.

— Photo 31 shows Chaney in position to make a long grab against a DB who is either Amari Spievey or Lowe. Can’t really tell.

— Photo 36 has TE Herman making a catch and run with Cato in pursuit.

— No. 38 shows DE Broderick Binns tangling with OL Marcus Zusevics in what must be 2s vs. 2s.

— There were quite a few photos of RB Jewel Hampton during the April 1 practice, but none during the scrimmage. Here’s why. From running backs coach Lester Erb:

“It’s been pretty consistent in the effort that they’re giving out there,” Erb said. “Jewel’s been hampered a little bit by a hamstring early on. It’s exciting because you have Paki who has played a little bit and done a tremendous job on special teams. We have two fullbacks with starting experience — both young guys working hard. We’re getting a great look at (redshirt freshman) Jeff Brinson. It’s been a productive spring and we’ll see who emerges.”

— There were no photos of RB Jeff Brinson that I could see anywhere.

With Sunday’s 80-play scrimmage, the Hawkeyes are through eight of their 15 spring practices.

Iowa's James Hurt (19) catches a pass during the team's practice Wednesday, March 25 at the Kenyon Football Practice Facility. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

Iowa's James Hurt (19) catches a pass during the team's practice Wednesday, March 25 at the Kenyon Football Practice Facility. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

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