May is notoriously the slowest month for fans of college football. Spring ball is done. Summer workouts haven't begun. Incoming freshmen have yet to arrive.
It's a "May Daze."
There's no sense sitting around and moping about it. You can only perform so much yard work. Let's take a look at the Iowa Hawkeyes, position-by-position, and create some discussion.
Here are the previous installments in this series:
Next up, the Offensive Line:
I'm going with Rieff. I think Conor Boffeli could fill in admirably for an injured Ferentz. I'm not sure where Iowa would go if Rieff went down.
If Nolan MacMillan were not sidelined with another in a series of nagging injuries, I might feel differently. RT Markus Zusevics probably would slide over if Reiff were to go down. However, the whole dynamic of the O-Line would change with an inexperienced guy moving in on the right side.
Reiff is being talked about as a high, first-round NFL draft pick next April. He'll be protecting the blind side of a first-year starting quarterback in James Vandenberg.
Ferentz is really, really good. Reiff is the most indispensable.
I consider Gettis new to the starting lineup based on his injury-plagued past. He won't be on the radar of many fans or media outside of Iowa City.
Gettis is the Mike Daniels of the O-Line. The Illinois native is a bull and a bad ass. If healthy, he possesses all-league talent.
If MacMacmillan's orthopedic injury concerns continue, it appears redshirt freshman Brandon Scherff stands next in line. He's still very raw but a mountain of a man.
When injuries hit the offensive front last season, Ferentz considered pulling the redshirt off of Scherff. That said a lot when you consider the group of guys on the team with more experience.
Scherff flew under the radar, for the most part, during the recruiting process. The Denison native proved his worth on the practice field when he arrived at Iowa. Sound familiar?
MacMillan, like Scherff, almost played as a true freshman. When Gettis was hurt early last season, the Canadian stepped right in and performed very well at guard.
The Iowa offensive line is going to be one of the better units on the team in '11. With MacMillan, it would be even better.