The Iowa Hawkeye football team had an eventful weekend as they held their annual spring game and landed another commit from the class of 2013.
The general report coming from the spring game is that the Iowa offense is still a work in progress. This is to be expected as new offensive coordinator, Greg Davis, tries to teach his system to a new set of players for the first time.
One thing that was encouraging from the offense was that running backs Damon Bullock and De’Andre Johnson were able to effectively rush the ball. The issues at running back for Iowa have been well documented and having both of these guys rush for over 100 yards is a positive sign. Here is a look at their stats from the spring game that have been provided by the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
Damon Bullock — 14 carries for 121 yards, including an 84-yard TD
De’Andre Johnson — 15 carries for 116 yards, including a 58-yard TD
On the defensive side of the ball, an area that stood out was that were three blitzes that led to sacks on the quarterback. Micah Hyde, Christian Kirksey and Jordan Lomax each had a sack coming off a blitz. Iowa is a team that is not known to blitz a lot but that might change this season because of an inexperienced defensive line.
After the spring game concluded, the Hawkeyes announced that they had received a commitment from safety Delano Hill. He is from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan and is listed as a 3-star recruit by Rivals. When Hill gets to Iowa City next fall, he will be surrounded by some of his former teammates as incoming freshman Ruben Lile and Laron Taylor also played for Cass Technical.
Hill is listed at 6’1, 185 pounds and had offers from Illinois and Syracuse as well. Judging by his junior highlights (down below), Hill looks like he is very effective at stopping the run and defending against the pass.
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There were a lot of positive things to take from this weekend surrounding the Iowa Hawkeye football team. With the changes among the coaching staff on both sides of the ball, it is going to be interesting to see how quickly these players can adapt. Delano Hill becomes third recruit from the class of 2013 to commit to Iowa and is a player with tremendous upside.
* – James Vandenberg photo credit: via Bleacher Report