IOWA CITY — Coaches have combed by means of the entire roster in the latest weeks, but Iowa’s soccer depth chart for 2019 continues to be prepared in pencil at this time of year.
Usually has been, always will be, mentor Kirk Ferentz recommended last week.
“If someone can beat (third-year beginning quarterback Nate) Stanley out, welcome to it,’’ Ferentz explained. “Shame on Nate if it takes place, but the stage we make to everyone is that if Nate Stanley is not a better participant up coming year than he was this year it’s most likely not heading to be excellent for our soccer crew.’’
The addition of graduate transfer punter Michael Rest-Dalton to the roster is a reminder of that as nicely.
Ferentz explained during his signing day information conference last Wednesday that the Hawkeyes have to have an improve in the punting recreation, exactly where Iowa ranked 107th among the 129 Soccer Bowl Subdivision packages with a internet punting average of 35.54 yards last time.
He expects Rest-Dalton to press returning two-year starter Colten Rastetter and again-up Ryan Gersonde to enhance.
“Both (Rastetter and Gersonde) are correct in the thick of it. I haven’t viewed Michael nevertheless execute in individual, but I imagine both equally of the men who are here are capable. It’s just a make a difference of when it’s heading to come about for them.’’
All those expectations increase to Iowa’s kicking positions, exactly where the Hawkeyes will search this spring for a alternative for Miguel Recinos.
Keith Duncan, a starter as a true freshman in 2016, and Caleb Shudak return but can anticipate a problem from Lucas Amaya, a wander-on from Wisconsin who like Rest-Dalton will arrive on campus this summer.
“Just like the punter, the men on campus have the initial and most likely the greatest shot at it, but whoever joins our crew, we have obtained until finally the close of August actually to figure this full issue out,’’ Ferentz explained. “It will be an open level of competition.’’
Back again on campus: Immediately after finishing their initial year in the NFL, Chicago Bears offensive lineman James Daniels and Inexperienced Bay Packers defensive again Josh Jackson are again on campus.
Equally are working out at the Hawkeyes’ education facility and getting courses, Daniels in individual and Jackson on the web as they get the job done towards their levels.
“Josh just wanted to get again into the natural environment and I imagine James feels the exact same way,’’ Ferentz explained. “I imagine that states anything and me personally, I’m incredibly delighted about it. (Baltimore offensive lineman Marshal) Yanda’s blue truck will be out there soon, funky blue truck, and he’ll be out there education tough.’’
Ferentz appreciates that Iowa’s previous players feel at residence education in Iowa City with Hawkeye strength and conditioning coordinator Chris Doyle and his staff.
“I imagine it’s good our players feel welcome coming again and that they want to be again knowing Chris in that area will assist them shift forward as professionals,’’ Ferentz explained.
Position undetermined: The upcoming of sophomore defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon with the Iowa soccer crew continues to be undetermined.
“We’re continue to hoping he’ll be on our soccer crew here,’’ Ferentz explained. “That’s our aim and our hope. We will just let time dictate.’’
Ferentz last thirty day period indicated that Nixon’s arrival at Iowa from Iowa Western Community College or university with some unspecified situations that he experienced to meet up with.
Nixon practiced with the crew during a portion of the regular time last drop, but did not take part in bowl preparations.
The lengthy haul: Ferentz recommended he believes Pro Bowl lengthy snapper Casey Kreiter has a lengthy upcoming forward in the NFL.
“Might perform until finally he’s 50, realistically,’’ Ferentz explained of the Denver expert and previous Hawkeye from Central DeWitt. “He usually takes treatment of himself and he’s actually excellent at it. In addition, they’re not permitted to strike those people men. It’s a actually excellent posture.’’
Assume spring: Details have not been finalized, but Iowa will hold the initial of its 15 spring methods during the ultimate week of March.
The Hawkeyes will wrap up spring drills during the ultimate week of April, but no date has been set for any public apply classes.