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With eight starters back on defense and a pair of talented sophomore running backs in Adam Robinson and Jewel Hampton, Iowa has all the ingredients to grind out wins in its trademark fashion.

But if the Hawkeyes want to open it up in 2010, it looks like they’ve got the weapons to do so.

“I think we have a chance to be better in the passing game, and when you have that kind of experience you hope that’s a byproduct of that good production,” Ferentz said. “I think for the most part the receivers have practiced well, and I include the tight ends in that group, and I think our quarterbacks have done a pretty good job too. Our goal is to be balanced and we’ll get good production in the passing game.”