Nathan Chandler answered questions yesterday in his first interview with the media since the start of spring practices. The biggest question mark on Nathan last fall was whether he would be ready to become a leader able to put this team on his back. After being somewhat of a joker on the sidelines last fall, Nathan has assumed the responsibilities of his #1 role to become the leader needed at quarterback. Now the only question is how Nathan will react under pressure in big games. Will he be able to take the Hawks down the field when it is imperative? Only time will answer that question!
Of course, Nathan will have not have Dallas Clark to throw to this fall opening up the middle of the field. Instead, he will likely be faced with Tony Jackson and Erik Jensen, both of whom excel more in short yardage. There is still hope that Mike Follett can step up to be a third down receiving option at tight end, but he is still learning the position. Either way, the tight end will once again be an important part of the offense in creating more one on one situations for Maurice Brown, Ed Hinkel, and Clint Solomon.
Speaking of tight ends, the Hawks have begun their search for a top-flight tight end in the Class of 2004. Two prospects that have caught the staff's eye happen to be from Arkansas, a state the Hawks are continuing to make a priority. Little Rock's Demarcus Winston and Jamaal Anderson both are receiving strong interest. Winston already has a Hawk offer. While Anderson is listed by most as a 6'5 207 wide receiver, the Hawks view him as a tight end after getting a Body by Doyle.
Two other prospects in the state of Arkansas that have caught the interest of the Hawks in this early stage are Little Rock DE Luke Porter and Fayetteville QB D'Marcus Woody. Woody could end up being the Eric McCollom of this class with his athletic ability at the quarterback position. The Hawks are likely to see how they stand with quarterbacks such as Anthony Morelli, Chase Patton, and Brent Schaeffer, before offering Woody as he is smaller in stature than the others.
The Hawks have yet to offer any in-state offensive lineman, in a crucial year for the position, as they await summer camp performances. However, expect Iowa State to make an early jump in offering a few to try and grab some early commitments.