Inside the message board you can find out all of our observations from Iowa's Friday night open practice in Des Moines. Below is a video of Kirk Ferentz discussing the injury to Brandon Snyder. There's also a sneak peak below at what you'll find inside The Swarm.
Who was seen with the upper hand as the first team quarterback right now in spring football?
NEW RUNNING BACK
With Wadley taking it easy in the Spring, Iowa is finding out what they have behind him at running back. What have we seen from him so far and who is taking most of the carries?
SLIM PICKINGS AT WIDE RECEIVER
With Jerminic Smith being removed for now and VandeBerg out with injury, Iowa now only has two scholarship wideouts available this Spring. What did we see from this position group and who's emerging as the lead guy so far?
OPEN BOOK AT TIGHT END
Gone are the days of having Henry Krieger Coble and George Kittle. It's a wide open competition at tight end, even with Peter Pekar returning. Who stood out on Friday night and how were the rotations? What does it mean moving forward?
SOME SURPRISES AT OFFENSIVE LINE
The first team offensive line was what we expected. But they inserted different bodies in sporadically to work with the first team at times. Who got time with the top unit and who surprised on the second team? There were some shake-ups in terms of where some guys were positioned.
NEW FACES AT DEFENSIVE LINE
With Anthony Nelson only getting a few reps here and there, Matt Nelson injured, and Nathan Bazata still dealing with a lingering injury, defensive line is a spot where a lot of different guys are getting an opportunity to show what they can contribute. Who are those guys and who is working with the first unit? How does it look so far? They're deep on the edge, but not so much inside.
FERENTZ'S FLASHERS AND PUSHERS
Kirk Ferentz did single out five players after practice as guys that were really pushing the envelope, emerging, and coming on. We share what five inside.
WORKING IN NEW LINEBACKERS
Iowa knows what they have with their starting linebackers, the same three as a year ago. They're working in some new guys to see what they have behind their starting trio. What have they seen so far from those guys and what did we see on Friday night?
Brandon Snyder's torn ACL only adds to the secondary being flattened by departures. There's not a whole lot of bodies left before they add six new ones in the Fall. Who's left and who looks good?