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“He’s the most experienced, clearly, and we’ve seen him do a lot of good things on the game field but also just behind the scenes last year watching him practice,” Ferentz said.
Vandenberg will be pushed by fellow junior John Wienke and redshirt freshman A.J. Derby, who intends to stay at quarterback even though his athleticism, size and spot on the depth chart suggest he might change positions.
The biggest losses came on the defensive line, where departed stars Adrian Clayborn, Christian Ballard and Karl Klug formed one of the best four-man units the Hawkeyes have had.
Defensive tackle Mike Daniels, who earned a starting spot on the line last season and looked dominant at times, will anchor the new group this spring alongside fellow tackle Thomas Nardo.
Lebron Daniel, a senior who’s waited his turn, will join Broderick Binns as the starting ends for spring practice.
“We’ve got two outstanding leaders in Mike Daniels and Broderick Binns coming back, and they’ve both played well for us,” Ferentz said. “They’ll certainly be the guys we start with, and I think we’ve got a lot of interesting players. I can envision us probably playing six to eight guys next year.”
“In a perfect world, that’s what I’d like to do. But this world’s not perfect, and it never will be,” Ferentz said. “There will be something else coming down the tracks here eventually, so we’ll hang on for the next one. But it’s good to have some closure.”
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