The Iowa Hawkeyes resumed practice on Saturday afternoon for Kids' Day at Kinnick Stadium. It was an open practice to the entire public, giving us a good opportunity to see the pecking orders of a lot of the different position units and the headliners of the team. The standouts were unquestionable defensive end Drew Ott and cornerback Desmond King.
It was no debate on who stood out on Saturday, and it of course came from the defensive side of the ball. The defense dominated the scrimmage against the offense, particularly the competition between the two first units. The second offensive unit under quarterback Tyler Wiegers' control fared a little better against the second team defense.
The first team defense dominated the day, though, lead by Ott and King.
Ott was a second team all-conference selection a year ago and he's continued that prowess throughout Fall camp. He proved to be too much for Boone Myers to handle, becoming virtually unblockable throughout today. He had his hand in several tackles, batted down a few balls at the line of scrimmage, and recorded a handful of sacks.
Cornerback Desmond King could be the blossoming star for the Hawkeyes. He had a strong day, and has taken full control of the secondary, especially with Lomax out because of injury.
King's closing speed was evident, collapsing on several passes to the outside, and breaking them up. He had a few near interceptions on the day, and shut down Iowa's top wideout, Tevaun Smith, for the majority of the scrimmage.