Three defensive players today, so we’ll go over a few possible tweaks to set things up a little bit.
– Press coverage is coming to this defense. At least for this season. Corners Micah Hyde and B.J. Lowery will be out on an island, allowing safeties to look run and support a young D-line.
– Blitzes are coming, probably. Defensive coordinator Phil Parker used the term and then buffered by saying, it’s nothing they haven’t done in the past. And that, of course, is true. But I’m not sure how much run blitzing Iowa has done. I asked LB Anthony Hitchens about the job in front of him and he said everything is pretty much downhill.
– You don’t see it on the Tanner Miller video, but he discussed the “under” of Iowa’s defense. Pete Carroll breathed life into the “under” defense at USC. Check this link for further discussion. Good stuff.
Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens talks about his journey to the No. 1 weakside linebacker spot, which is something he holds this spring. Will he keep it? He intends to. Also covered, the frustration of missing games last season with a knee injury, his journey to WLB (including detours at safety and RB) and the possibility of more blitzing in 2012.
Free safety Tanner Miller talks about the experience in the back seven of Iowa’s defense and how it could help Iowa’s mostly new defensive line. Also, the shift to press coverage with the corners definitely changes Miller’s job. He can focus on run support if he doesn’t have to worry about the split-out receivers. Also, he calls TE C.J. Fiedorowicz a “one in a million” player.
Junior defensive end Dominic Alvis is sitting out spring while rehabbing a torn ACL. The expectation is he will be full speed by June. Perhaps the most interesting part of this tape is Alvis’ take on enthusiasm, something he felt was lacking at times last season. “We’re going to bring it.”
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