'Backs in Spring

Iowa running backs coach Chris White met with the media in Iowa City -- and talks about the Hawkeyes approaching the midway point of spring ball.

Iowa football is looking forward during the spring season, and if you ask running backs coach Chris White this spring has been a positive one.

"Football is about a couple things. In my mind, it's about preparation and execution, and clearly we weren't happy with the way we finished the season last year, the last three games. But I can tell you guys this: From the day these kids got back here on winter break they've entered this new building with passion and purpose, and it's been great to see," White said.

With two experienced returners at the running back slot, senior Jordan Canzeri and junior LeShun Daniels Jr. and a wealth of potential in the younger classes with sophomore Akrum Wadley, sophomore Derrick Mitchell Jr., and redshirt freshman C.J. Hillard.

"Starting with Jordan Canzeri, he's going to be a senior this year, and he really hasn't had a full year where he's been healthy, and last year was certainly the case, but I think we got a glimpse of him in the bowl game. He still wasn't 100 percent, but what he's capable of, you know, and what he needs to build from there. He's taken on a really good leadership role in my room," White said.

Of course, White is excited about what the Daniels Jr. brings to the table as well, a 'fully-recovered' Daniels.

"We call LeShun big boy, but he should be called little big boy now. We've asked him to cut some weight, and he's down to about 225 or so. He just looks unbelievable, and it shows on the field. His speed, his pad level, and as a matter of fact I think he broke the running back's shuttle record for Coach Doyle, which is pretty amazing," White said.

The rest of the returners at the running back slot have made strides during the winter and spring as well.

"Coach Doyle is extremely happy with the winter program, and it has shown up in the first six days of practice, and it's been fun to coach these kids. I'm really looking forward to it. The chemistry of this team, you can feel it, and it's been exciting to see," White said.

There is a switch in the game-plan for one Hawkeye though, Marcel Joly, who joins White's position groups.

"We actually moved a kid, Marcel Joly from defensive back over to the running back position, which he had played in high school, and he's done a nice job as well," White said.


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