The Iowa football team’s roster is about to undergo a massive overhaul when it recognizes its 15 seniors graduating in May on Saturday against the Michigan Wolverines.
Iowa (6-4, 3-3 in Big Ten) and Michigan (7-3, 3-3) are both tied for fourth in the Legends division of the Big Ten with three wins apiece.
Each team is currently bowl eligible and will be battling inside of Kinnick Stadium for a more popular Bowl game bid but the ceremony before the game is what Hawkeye fans should have mixed feelings about.
Notable seniors such as: wide reciever Jordan Cotton, tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz, linebackers Anthony Hitchens, Christian Kirksey and James Morris and offensive linemen Brett Van Sloten, will all say goodbye to Iowa fans on Saturday before their final game in Kinnick Stadium.
A few of those players have exceeded expectations during their time with the Hawkeyes – some are also hopeful NFL draftees – but others never reached the heights the coaching staff had intended.
The cause for concern however, will be who replaces them all in the coming seasons.
Head coach Kirk Ferentz has lost his savvy recruiting skills over the past few years because of his refusal to adjust to the NCAA’s changing landscape on the field.
Iowa is also at a disadvantage because it’s not a very popular place for blue chip recruits to come and play.
Ferentz has acknowledged the Hawkeyes weaknesses when it comes to recruiting and has gone as far to say that his coaching staff will stop recruiting in southern states, such as Florida – which is a terrible decision because of the speed and athleticism players who come out of the Sunshine state posses.
The Hawkeyes have a few pieces on their roster to build around throughout the next few seasons – most notably quarterback Jake Rudock – but will need to find help immediately or risk capitalizing on their 12th bowl bid in 13 seasons.
Iowa and its coaching staff have done an adequate job this year in winning six games – and possibly one or two more – with the players they currently have, but fans and more importantly the Hawkeye athletic officials shouldn’t settle for mediocrity .
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