Kennedy Working "Three T's"

Iowa wide receiver coach Bobby Kennedy is excited about the direction that the Hawkeye wide receiver corps is taking this spring and talks about it on Scout.

For Iowa receivers coach Bobby Kennedy, this spring has been a positive one.

"I'm excited about the direction and attitude that our team has taken this spring. My position, at wide receiver, I've been pleased thus far, but not necessarily satisfied. Because I do think we have a lot of work to do," Kennedy said.

Iowa has several returners at receiver including Tevaun Smith, Jacob Hillyer, Matt VandeBerg, and Riley McCarron. And according to the staff, they have the potential to make a big difference on the Hawkeye offense in the fall. Right now, everyone in the position group is back to working on the fundamentals.

"Overall, what we've been working on as I've been calling it the three T's, technique, toughness, and then tempo. If you look at last year, was not satisfied necessarily with the overall performance of my group, and that falls on me," Kennedy said.

Last season didn't end the way that Kennedy had hoped, and he knows that gives the receivers opportunity to get even better this fall.

"And really particularly from a blocking point of view in the running game, when I looked at the cut ups and even throughout the season, was disappointed in how my group executed a number of aspects in the run game. So that is one thing that we've been working hard at, and that's where I think the toughness comes in," Kennedy said.

Plus, Kennedy knows that some of the blame for last season falls on him -- something he is determined to fix.

"I think my failure in that has been  I've been doing this a long time, but on the other hand too, every year I think you have to walk guys through progressions and steps and get them to do it the way you want them to do it," Kennedy said.

This spring has been a good one for the wide outs and Kennedy.

"But, overall, I'm pleased with the direction of our group. I'm pleased with the direction of our team and the attitude. And we've got a lot of work to do," Kennedy said.

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