Despite new faces, expect same Iowa offense

Despite new faces, expect same Iowa offense
New offensive coordinator. New quarterback. New receivers.
For a program with a head coach going into his 19th season, there's a lot of newness around Iowa football.
The Hawkeyes open spring practice this week with what head coach Kirk Ferentz called "a new room" offensively. Brian Ferentz has slid into the offensive coordinator role while Ken O'Keefe has returned to the program after five years in the NFL to coach Iowa's quarterbacks. They'll be looking for a replacement for two-year starter C.J. Beathard at quarterback and three lettermen wide receivers.
But Kirk Ferentz says that's created opportunities for others in the program.
"I think right now the biggest thing for us as a coaching staff is to go into it with an open mind and let our players compete and do what they do over the next 15 practices," Ferentz said. "We'll judge the guys based on what they do out there on the football field.
"You look historically, it's good to come into spring with a good résumé. We've got several players that have a strong résumé but we expect them to continue to grow and continue to improve."
Ferentz admits they are making some changes behind the scenes, tweaking some of the terminology with his son now running the offense to go along with two other new coaches on the offensive side on staff. But he says the basic concepts remain the same.
"The goal is, really, to figure out what we want to do for the Iowa offense," Ferentz said. "And it's not so much reshaping or retooling but just what do we want to do if we're starting at ground zero.
"So, we've always kind of believed simplicity is better if we can in all regards, run or pass. It's most important that your players understand what it is you're asking them to do, and then secondly, how do they adjust to all the various situations that can come up."
With none of the quarterbacks on the roster having significant playing experience, Ferentz said he's not sure who the new signal-caller will be.
In another update to the staff, Ferentz announced on Monday that LeVar Woods has been named special teams coordinator to go along with his duties as tight ends coach.
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