At one point, linebacker James Morris said it is kind of frustrating to have to wait another five or six months to wash 4-8 off their helmets. Or at least have the chance to do that.
That's what you hear this time of year. Iowa won't be able to scrub off the 4-8 here in April, but it can put the attitude in place that will give them a chance to do that in the fall.
Iowa LB James Morris hits on a lot of topics. Some of this is from off camera. He wants to leave a legacy he's proud of, and he's aware that time is running out. He said it took five weeks for him to feel healthy after last season. Said he's good to go now.
Senior right tackle Brett Van Sloten talks about the chemistry of Iowa's '13 O-line. He believes Austin Blythe will pick up the temper and tempo of the center position. Likes the competition on the inside. He believes the O-line coach be a strength.
Nico Law is already a junior and he's very eager to get Iowa's defense back to its standard. He talks about defensive coordinator Phil Parker moving back to coach defensive backs. Parker is a known yeller, but his players love him and Law respects what his coach has to say.
Yes, of course, sophomore Jake Rudock wanted to play last season. He felt that Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz handled the situation well, balancing public pressure (fans, media) against what he thought was best for Iowa and loyalty to last years' QB James Vandenberg.WRs are under the gun this spring. Senior Jordan Cotton, who made his bones last season as a star in the return game, wants to show more of what he can do from the line of scrimmage. He'll get that chance. Iowa needs playmakers. Cotton showed a glimpse on kick return last fall.