When Iowa defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski left for rival Nebraska after last season, Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz predictably replaced him with someone he knew and trusted.
The choice he made in filling that vacancy was a bit unorthodox: He asked assistant Reese Morgan to switch sides and coach the defensive line after nine seasons leading the offensive line. Even Morgan was surprised, but he said Wednesday that he's been energized by the switch.
''The transition has been great,'' Morgan said. ''Really, it's been fun. For me on a personal note, I am absolutely loving it and enjoying it.''
The bottom line to Ferentz is stabilizing a position weakened by attrition and decreasing performance over the past few seasons. So far, Ferentz has been pleased with the work this spring by Morgan, who came to the Hawkeyes in 2000 after a lengthy career as a high school coach in Iowa.
''It's been great and I expect it to keep getting bette...