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NEXT UP ON OUR BIG TEN PREVIEWS, THE IOWA HAWKEYES...
EACH YEAR NEBRASKA WILL COMPETE AGAINST THE BOYS IN BLACK AND GOLD IN THE BIG TEN'S NEWEST RIVALRY...
SO WHAT CAN THE BIG RED EXPECT FROM IOWA IN 2012...
THERE WILL BE A LOT OF NEW FACES AROUND THE IOWA HAWKEYES THIS SEASON...A TEAM WITH NOT ONLY NEW OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE COORDINATORS BUT ONE THAT ALSO COULD START AS MANY AS 15 UNDERCLASSMAN.
Senior Quarterback James Vandenberg, "There's pressure going into any year, a lot of unknowns especially dealing with a younger football team. This is a unique year for us but it's been a challenge and a joy. You see a lot of those guys really compete and they're all having a blast and they don't know any better but to compete."
SENIOR QUARTERBACK JAMES VANDENBERG, ONE OF THE LEAGUE'S BEST SIGNAL CALLERS, WILL ANCHOR THE TEAM. VANDENBERG LOST HIS TOP TARGET, RECEIVER MARVIN MCNUTT, BUT SHOULD FARE WELL WITH A NEW CROP OF RECEIVERS.
HE WAS 3RD IN PASSING YARDS AND SECOND IN PASSING TOUCHDOWNS IN THE BIG TEN A YEAR AGO.
Head Coach Kirk Ferentz, "One thing I know he's taken advantage of everything that he's done in the program. Already I know he's working very diligently. So my guess is and my experience tells me that we're going to really see that play out on the field."
BUT HOW FAR HE AND THIS TEAM GOES COULD DEPEND ON THE NEW COORDINATORS.
NORM PARKER, D–C FOR THE PAST 13 YEARS RETIRED IN THE OFFSEASON.
IN STEPS FORMER DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH PHIL PARKER...NO RELATION.
ON THE OFFENSIVE SIDE OF THE BALL, GREG DAVIS COMES TO IOWA CITY AFTER SPENDING 13 SEASONS AT TEXAS.
Vandenberg, "I think he summed it up best when he first came in. We're not reinventing the wheel. Football is football. It can't get that complex but the terminology he uses and what he calls things and how he groups things together is definitely different for all of us."