Posted by GameSetMatch on October 8th, 2009
The sight of a middle linebacker covering a wide receiver can make fans queasy, but it’s neither unusual nor ghastly for Iowa’s defense.
Iowa prefers to keep its base defensive alignment on the field nearly every play. It has failed Iowa in the past, like when run stuffer Mike Klinkenborg was caught covering speedy Philip Bates in the 2007 Iowa-Iowa State game. But more often than not, it succeeds.
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said Iowa’s priority is stopping the run, and Iowa’s defense generally lines up with four down linemen, three linebackers and four defensive backs. Occasionally, the Hawkeyes substitute a linebacker for a lineman but rarely does the defense bring in an extra defensive back or two. That doesn’t change whether Iowa faces a pro-set offense like Penn State’s or a spread-option used by Northern Iowa, Arkansas State or Michigan.
Click here to read the full article – By Scott Dochterman of gazetteonline.com