Iowa Defense Not Worried About Offense
The defense got the better of the offense in a recent Iowa Hawkeye football scrimmage open to the public and the media. Lack of big plays and breaking in two new offensive line starters was a hot topic entering the season, and remains so a couple weeks before the opener of the regular season against Illinois State inside Kinnick Stadium.
The interior of the offensive line has performed admirably. Senior Austin Blythe returns at center, along with guards Sean Welsh and Jordan Walsh. Walsh has returned from injury but James Daniels and Eric Simmons saw time with the first unit in his absence.
The new tackles on the first team to begin fall camp were Boone Myers on the left side, and Ike Boettger on the right side. In a recent development, Cole Croston has been working recently with the starters at left tackle instead of Boone Myers. Find out more about that in the video below.
Austin Blythe is one of the leaders of the team, and he shared his thoughts on some of the mistakes they've been having and what they need to address before the first game of the year.
"We didn't really have any mental errors, especially on the offensive line," he said after last Saturday's scrimmage. "We just weren't hard enough today, we weren't competitive enough. That's something we really need to work on. (The biggest thing this team needs to do is to) increase our competitive rive. (We have to) understand that we need to finish plays to have big plays."
The strength of the team has been on the defensive side of the ball in the action available to the media, specifically the secondary which boasts experienced players Desmond King, Greg Mabin, Sean Draper, Jordan Lomax, Brandon Snyder, and Miles Taylor.
Despite their dominance of the first team offense a week ago, they insist that they still believe in this team's ability to put up points this year.
"There's no concern at all (about the offense)," starting cornerback Greg Mabin told Hawkeye Insider following practice last Saturday. "We've seen them complete a lot more plays than that. We have no worries about the offense. They're going to handle theirs just like we handled ours today."
Desmond King, possibly the best Hawkeye returning in the back end, remains patient and optimistic about the offense's potential.
"It's still kind of early," he urged. "This was just kind of like a tune-up for us right now. Tomorrow we'll get back to it. We have another whole week coming up. Hopefully the offense will get going. I think come first game we'll be alright."
15 days from now, the Hawkeyes will be on the field for the first Saturday of the college football season. The offense has one more week until the first week of game prep begins.
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