The “On Iowa” podcast crew of Scott Dochterman and Marc Morehouse (me) take a look at Iowa’s spring scrimmage, which took place Saturday at Kinnick Stadium, on today’s Sports Desk, sponsored by Jim Miller Subaru.
Here’s the link for the webcast. (I’m — Marc — not wearing Chicago Blackhawks pajamas under my clothes today. That’s just a red T-shirt. OK, it’s Blackhawk PJs. Trying to turn the tide!)
Simply, it’s what we liked and what maybe needs some more polish before September. And really, nothing we saw Saturday is set in stone.
We liked QB James Vandenberg, who really showed he understands and can execute where to throw the football. On his two long completions to junior wideout Keenan Davis, Vandenberg put the ball over Davis’ outside shoulder just along the sideline. Beautiful. On the second one, Vandenberg threw high to Davis’ back shoulder. Davis went up and got it while drawing a pass interference penalty on all-Big Ten cornerback Shaun Prater.
That throw showed Vandenberg knows where to put the ball and he knows how athletic his wide receivers are, knowing that Davis had the leap to go get that.
Earlier in the week, I (me, Marc) picked Davis as the star of the spring game. He showed up and made plays. He had one drop, but he seems to know the weight of things going into 2011.
“He needs to play like a starter, real succinctly,” Kirk Ferentz said. “It’s his time. He’s been here two years and he’s more than capable and he’s willing. The next step for him is to play with consistency.”
The “No so much” begins and end, pretty much, with the D-line. And don’t read too much into that. It could totally change by the time it gets real. D-tackles Tom Nardo and Steve Bigach didn’t play. Darian Cooper could factor at D-tackle. A lot can change.
You’ll have to check out “On Iowa” podcast (link here) for a more in-depth discussion of what could be for Iowa’s defense in 2011.