Posted 22 May 2010 - 08:44 PM
Last year was absolutely fabulous for the Hawkeyes, who won 11 games and their first-ever BCS bowl, but for Iowa, â€™09 could have been so much more. Had quarterback Ricky Stanzi not gone down with an injury, perfection was possible. Stanzi is back, and the Hawkeyes should be hunting for a Big Ten title once again, with only a rebuilt offensive line standing in the way of potential greatness.
Stanzi proved himself capable of overcoming a lot, especially in recovering from a severely sprained ankle to lead the Hawkeyes to a win over Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Stanzi is an impressive 18â€“4 as a starter in his two seasons at the helm.
Now, heâ€™s going after the Buckeyes. Heâ€™ll get help from a strong ground game â€” Jewel Hamptonâ€™s knee is healthy, but heâ€™ll have to battle Adam Robinson and Brandon Wegher for carries â€” and a nasty defense that should be nearly impossible to run on. If 2009 was great, â€™10 could be legendary for Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes.