IT'S NOT PLAGIARISM IF YOU LINK TO IT: KIRK FERENTZ TALKS SPRING FOOTBALL

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Spring football is here.

LET'S GO TO THE VIDEO.

MARC MOREHOUSE HAS THE FULL VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT. Here, on the On Iowa blog. What did we learn? The two-deeps were released and Vint covered that yesterday. Tickets for Iowa's open practice at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines will be made available next Tuesday. Finally, Michael Malloy has left the team.

LET'S DIG A LITTLE DEEPER. We'd heard the rumblings of Jordan Lomax making the move to safety. The thought was that Johnny Lowdermilk would slide over to free safety and Lomax would try strong. That's not the case.

Now is the time to experiment. Remember Micah Hyde worked at free safety once and that lasted all of two games in 2011. Perhaps Lomax is best suited here or maybe Ferentz and company are trying to motivate someone to step up, like senior Nico Law.

Red-shirt freshman Sean Welsh is listed as the starting left guard. He'll be between possible preseason all-American Brandon Scherff and potential all-Big Ten center Austin Blythe. That's a good place to start. Senior Andrew Donnal gets the nod at right tackle. Ferentz is confident in the senior at that position. I think it's reasonable to expect a rotation at left guard like Iowa used last season. The battle will include Ryan Ward, Cole Croston, Welsh and Boone Meyers.

Ferentz said Damond Powell has added some weight and "looks like a college player now." His playing time was often a hot discussion topic last season. Ferentz said it was part understanding the playbook and simply being too small. Powell was listed at 180 but was hardly 160 pounds. With more reps for Powell and add red-shirt freshman Derek Willies and Iowa has two wide receivers that can really spread the field.

Finally, it was noted on the On Iowa Podcast that Kirk Ferentz was using "fullback" when discussing Mark Weisman. Not that there's a position change in the future but Ferentz likes Weisman's "position flexibility." They tinkered a little bit with Bullock and Weisman in an I-formation last season but it wasn't a big part of the offense.

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