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    Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa’s defense this season

    Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa’s defense this season - The Washington Post

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    “We’ve grown a lot since spring,” Hitchens said. “We’re competing together in workouts. We’re still watching film together. It’s not just us, it’s a bunch of younger kids, too, to bring them along. So as a group, I think we’re getting better.”

    “We’re going to have the most experienced linebackers and (defensive backs out there). You’ve got James Morris leading the way, Christian Kirksey out there,” Alvis said. “We’re going to be stacked. I’m looking forward to the guys I have behind me.”

    While Iowa isn’t exactly “Linebacker U” like Penn State, the Hawkeyes can typically boast of one of the better units in the Big Ten year in and year out.
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    Re: Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa’s defense this season

    I think our back 7 will be solid this year. But I don't understand this thinking from the article:

    "But there could be plenty of opportunities for Iowa’s linebackers to make plays, because the line in front of the group will be as inexperienced as any in recent memory."

    I think just the opposite. A strong D-line keeps the O-line off the LBs so that they can rack up the tackles.
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    Re: Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa’s defense this season

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthFlorida View Post
    I think our back 7 will be solid this year. But I don't understand this thinking from the article:

    "But there could be plenty of opportunities for Iowa’s linebackers to make plays, because the line in front of the group will be as inexperienced as any in recent memory."

    I think just the opposite. A strong D-line keeps the O-line off the LBs so that they can rack up the tackles.
    of course. having a weak dl, ensures having a weak d.
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    Re: Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa�s defense this season

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthFlorida View Post
    I think our back 7 will be solid this year. But I don't understand this thinking from the article: "But there could be plenty of opportunities for Iowa�s linebackers to make plays, because the line in front of the group will be as inexperienced as any in recent memory." I think just the opposite. A strong D-line keeps the O-line off the LBs so that they can rack up the tackles.
    the article was right. a strong d line also makes tackles. a weak one makes few. the fewer tackles.the d line makes the more the more the back 7 does.
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    Re: Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa�s defense this season

    Quote Originally Posted by DuffMan View Post
    the article was right. a strong d line also makes tackles. a weak one makes few. the fewer tackles.the d line makes the more the more the back 7 does.
    true.
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    Re: Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa’s defense this season

    The back seven will have a lot of pressure on them. Iowa really needs a couple players from the d-line to step up this year. If the d-line is just mediocre, the defense should be pretty good.
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    Re: Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa’s defense this season

    I like these three-Hitchens, Kirksey and Morris. Saw a tweet from M.King that showed Kirksey w/ OLBer record in the pro-agility...that beat guys like Nielsen and Edds who were athletic OLBers at Iowa.
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    Re: Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa’s defense this season

    LBs could be very very good this year.
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    Re: Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa’s defense this season

    I hope the apparent backslide for Morris last year was due to injury. We really need to have a big year from the MLB. I still worry that he isn't big enough for the position.
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    Re: Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa�s defense this season

    Quote Originally Posted by DuffMan View Post
    the article was right. a strong d line also makes tackles. a weak one makes few. the fewer tackles.the d line makes the more the more the back 7 does.
    Not really. With a strong Dline, the LB's make a lot of tackles. With a weak DLine the DB's make a lot of tackles, because the guys that the DL should occupying are blocking LB's.
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    Re: Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa’s defense this season

    Quote Originally Posted by KnightHawk9 View Post
    I hope the apparent backslide for Morris last year was due to injury. We really need to have a big year from the MLB. I still worry that he isn't big enough for the position.
    With the way the players and Kirk are talking about him this off season I would expect him to have a good year. Kirk said he might as well be a senior in the way he's approaching the off season workouts. He's also had another year to get bigger.
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    Re: Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa�s defense this season

    Quote Originally Posted by DeanMarshall View Post
    Who are the LB's that give us depth? There are ALWAYS injuries to linebackers.Is Dakota Getz set to go? Jim Poggi? help...........
    IMO we have 2 tiers of linebackers- the starters with Alston pushing to join that group and the second tier of undersized and inexperienced players that include Collins, Getz, Poggi, Perry, Fisher. A third tier would include Taylor and Meier who likely will redshirt.
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    Re: Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa�s defense this season

    Quote Originally Posted by spudhawk View Post
    IMO we have 2 tiers of linebackers- the starters with Alston pushing to join that group and the second tier of undersized and inexperienced players that include Collins, Getz, Poggi, Perry, Fisher. A third tier would include Taylor and Meier who likely will redshirt.
    i think Alston would play first at either "inside" position (Hitchens and Morris). I think Perry has surprised and would be first in at the OLB.
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    Re: Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa’s defense this season

    I’m looking forward to the guys I have behind me.
    Best quote so far this offseason!
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    Re: Promising linebacking corps a big key for Iowa’s defense this season

    I've also heard Lowdermilk is making good progress.
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