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Ask D&D: Iowa Mailbag August 5

It's just Derek this week but Hawkeye Insider takes your weekly Iowa questions in the mailbag! We cover some injury questions, offer some Big Ten predictions, address Iowa's concerns headed into fall camp, and chat a little about recruiting.

WE KNOW ABOUT JONATHAN PARKER BUT OUTSIDE OF HIM, ARE THERE ANY OTHER INJURY CONCERNS COMING INTO THE FALL?

Derek: There seem to be no lingering issues on the team. Greg Mabin, Josh Jackson, Derrick Mitchell, Ben Niemann, Sean Welsh, James Daniels and C.J. Beathard were all out or at least limited to an extent for spring football. All indications are that each is at full speed during fall practices. We should have a better idea when we meet with everyone tomorrow at Media Day.

WHO WINS THE BIG TEN EAST?

Derek: I'm actually not in love with any team in the Big Ten East. All have question marks and concerns to address. I have no confidence in my selection at this point but I lean towards Michigan.

WHAT TOP TWO OR THREE QUESTIONS DO YOU FEEL NEED TO BE ANSWERED IN FALL CAMP?

Derek: They have to figure out where they're going to get consistent production from at the wide receiver position outside of Matt VandeBerg. That's a real question at this time. Iowa needs to find a consistent pass rush so that they don't have to manufacture it with blitzes in every single contest. They don't want to have to blitz more than they're comfortable doing and freeing up space in the middle of the field or leaving their secondary short-handed. They also need to develop some more depth along the defensive line so they're not running out of gas towards the end of the season.

I WAS WONDERING WHAT YOU ALL THOUGHT ABOUT RYAN BOYLE? DURING SPRING GAME WE HEARD KIRK FERENTZ SAY, "YOU JUST WNAT TO FIND A WAY TO GET HIM ON THE FIELD." I WOULD ASSUME HE WOULD BE GIVEN A FAIRLY GOOD SHAKE THIS YEAR AT RECEIVER.

Derek: I do not think they made the move permanent thinking that he had no chance to play. You only make this position move if you think he can impact the unit right away or in the year following. So yes, I think Boyle sees the field in some capacity as a wide receiver this season. The chances likely increase with Jonathan Parker being injured and possibly missing all of fall camp.

ANY INFO ON OLIVER MARTIN? IT'S BEEN QUIET LATELY. IS NO NEWS GOOD NEWS? DO YOU THINK WE'LL HAVE ANY BIG NEWS BEFORE THEIR SENIOR SEASON STARTS BETWEEN THREE OF D BOOGIE (DAMION DANIELS), MARTIN, OR RUSS YEAST?

Derek: I think Martin will choose one of three schools; Michigan, Michigan State, and Iowa. I believe he'll be visiting the Wolverines this weekend. I think it's doubtful he makes a decision before his senior season begins. If he does, the chances of it being the Hawkeyes are little unless he visits for a practice or two during fall camp, which is totally possible.

I do not expect a decision from Daniels before his season starts. He still needs to visit Iowa before anything is cemented. I think Yeast will take official visits before a final choice so I also think he waits a little bit longer.

DEREK, WE ALL KNOW THAT WALK-ONS HAVE OFTEN BEEN FOUND TO BE CRUCIAL TO THE TEAM'S SUCCESS. AND EVEN THOUGH THE WALK-ONS FOR THIS YEAR HAVE NOT STARTED SCHOOL YET, AND THEREFORE, I GUESS, HAVEN'T TECHNICALLY BEEN WITH THE TAEM BECAUSE YOU REALLY DO NOT KNOW WHO WILL ENROLL, CAN YOU TELL US WHO HAS INDICATED THAT THEY PLAN TO WALK-ON AND A LITTLE ANALYSIS OF THEIR SKILL SET AND WHAT THEY MAY BRING TO THE TEAM?

Derek: I assume you're talking about freshmen walk-ons, and I will caution, when walk-ons make an impact at Iowa it tends to happen once they are juniors and seniors and most of the time they have been awarded a scholarship at that point. Much like Brandon Snyder will this year. A few of the freshmen walk-ons this season are kicker Keith Duncan of North Carolina, defensive back Joe Argo of Davenport, linebacker Tristan Bohr of Cresco, offensive lineman Burke Prins of Hinton, kicker Caleb Shudak of Council Bluffs, and offensive linemen Dalles Jacobus of Cedar Rapids. 

I think Argo could at least be a special teams contributor at some point. I've heard plenty of good things about Tristan Bohr but he's going to have his hands full with some talented linebackers in front of him, you never count out the walk-on linemen and especially Jacobus who has received some praise from folks that would know. Keith Duncan is a kicker Iowa was very pleased to add. 

The returning walk-ons that have a shot at playing time this year would be cornerback Jonathan Lubanza, safeties Kevin Ward and Jake Gervase, defensive tackle Jake Hulett, fullbacks Brady Ross and Drake Kulick, and tight end Peter Pekar.

WE HAVEN'T HEARD MUCH ON ANDREW VAN GINKEL'S RECRUITMENT BUT IOWA IS IN HIS TOP THREE. DO YOU THINK HE ENDS UP A HAWKEYE?

Derek: I think it'll depend on how hard Iowa pushes for his services. They don't tend to jump into the junior college market a whole heck of a lot. A pass rusher is something that would make a lot of sense in terms of if they would add a junior college prospect, especially if it's an area that is still a concern after this season. I like their chances but it may depend on how Iowa views their own offensive line after this season. 

I know there's a report out there of a top three and I am not disputing that at all, but from speaking with Scott Strohmeier the head coach at Iowa Western a couple times in the last few weeks, it does not appear as if there's a clear favorite or an imminent decision at this time. 

ANY THOUGHTS ON ISAIAH TROUSIL FROM WEST BURLINGTON?

Trousil is another fine athlete with a lot of speed, and a running back/defensive back type. Maybe it could bulk up and play linebacker at some point? I think he's in the same boat as Muscatine athlete Alphonso Soko where it will depend on space and how he does his final season. There's not a lot of scholarships left to hand out and their positions have already been addressed for the most part in the 2017 class. He's a heck of an athlete though and he's quite the track runner as well. 


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