Michigan Iowa Football

Head coach Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes take on the Florida Gators in the Outback Bowl on Monday in Tampa, Florida.


IOWA CITY - Iowa will begin spring football practice with open positions and open minds, coach Kirk Ferentz said Monday afternoon.

The Hawkeyes begin spring drills Wednesday looking for answers to questions on the edge, specifically at receiver, cornerback and quarterbacks.

Senior receiver Matt VandeBerg will miss spring drills after suffering a foot injury late last month, but is expected back by June.

His absence opens opportunity for others.

Devonte Young and Jerminic Smith are listed as starting receivers on the spring depth chart, with Adrian Falconer and Iowa Western Community College transfer Nick Easley the back-ups.

"We are looking for guys to compete. Jerminic and Adrian are in their third year here and we've had guys take steps forward in the past at that point. We are hoping for the same here," Ferentz said.

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The Iowa coach also said fullback Drake Kulick will also miss the spring as he continues to work his way back from a broken leg.

Iowa running back Akrum Wadley will not be allowed to be hit this spring as the Hawkeyes work toward an April 21 spring game under the lights at Kinnick Stadium.

Ferentz also announced that tight ends coach LeVar Woods has also been named the Hawkeyes' special teams coordinator.