May Daze: Offensive Line

During the long May days sans football, HI takes a look ahead at the Hawkeyes, 2012. Up next is the offensive line.

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:

Defensive Backs

Linebackers

D-Line

Next up, the Offensive Line:

  • MOST INDISPENSABLE:
  • Riley Reiff or James Ferentz? A strong argument could be made for each.

    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.

  • TOP BREAKOUT:
  • With such an experienced unit, there aren't a whole lot of directions in which to go here. I've got to fudge it a bit.

    Adam Gettis has started a handful of games in his career. Last summer, Coach Kirk Ferentz said he could be one of the better guards in the Big Ten. Injuries hit.

    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.

  • TOP NEWCOMER:
  • Again, not much from which to select from here. Injuries could open things up, but we don't want that.

    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?

  • THE WILDCARD:
  • It's got to be MacMillan. He reminds me a lot of Tony Moeaki at Iowa. The talent dripping from them gets absorbed by injury.

    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.


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