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The Iowa Hawkeyes held their annual spring game at Kinnick Stadium last weekend.  Here is what we learned heading into the 2023 season.

 

Ryan Corbin will be the starting quarterback

Redshirt Freshman Corbin far outshined Senior Otto Kirkland in the spring game.  While it is true Corbin was throwing to the top two Iowa receivers he was efficient and productive with 3 touchdowns to only 1 interception.  Unfortunately for Kirkland he continued where he left off as the starter last season throwing for more interceptions than touchdowns.  Look for Corbin to be under center in the fall.

 

The underclassmen showed up on defense

There are certainly question marks on the defensive side of the ball as Iowa will be playing a lot of young guys.  But a few the incoming freshmen had an impact during the game. The Gold team was led in tackles by freshmen OLB Ayden Brito and FS Rashard Pitts and freshman CB Marcedes Payton recorded an interception for the Black team.  This bodes well for a defense that will be relying on freshmen to contribute this season.

 

The O-No Line 

Last season Iowa ranked last in the B1G in OL Rating at 3.9.  The OL Ratings for the spring game - 3.9 and 3.0.  That’s not good. Heading into the 2023 season the o-line will be a major concern for the Hawkeyes.  It looks like the offense now has more weapons than last season but the o-line will need to perform better for the offense to have success.

 

Not-so-Special Teams

With expected starting kicker Mayer Abbrederis sidelined with an injury the kicking duties fell on freshman kicker Larry Franks.  Unfortunately Franks is still looking for his first college make as he went 0-3. Abbrederis is expected to be ready at the start of the season which is good news for the Hawkeyes.

 

All in all the spring game showed glimpses of an improving Iowa team.  It remains to be seen just how much improvement they can make in 2023 in the tough B1G conference.

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