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Staff expects Hawkeyes' best offensive lineman to get even better

2014-04-16T13:44:00Z 2014-04-16T13:57:14Z Staff expects Hawkeyes' best offensive lineman to get even betterSteve Batterson The Quad-City Times

IOWA CITY -- If Brandon Scherff wants to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the greatest offensive linemen in Iowa history, he will earn it with his work this season.

Hawkeyes offensive line coach Brian Ferentz said today that the all-Big Ten tackle who opted to return for his senior season will create his own legacy with the growth he shows this fall.

"In my opinion, he is the best offensive lineman in the country," Ferentz said.

That said, Ferentz said he expects and Scherff anticipates improvements in all facets of his performance this fall.

"That's among the reasons he came back, to get better," Ferentz said.

Scherff's decision was strictly his own, needing little input from Hawkeye coaches.

He said he sees room for the senior to improve in the run game, the pass game and in the way he leads.

"There are a lot of things he can get better at and he'd tell you the same," Ferentz said.

The Iowa assistant said the Hawkeyes' work continues in terms of finding a starting left guard to line up next to Scherff.

Iowa offensive players are not the only ones benefitting from Scherff's return.

"To have a chance to go up against him every day is a great thing for our defensive players," line coach Reese Morgan said. "All of those guys on our offensive line are forcing our defensive players to get better when they go up against them every day."

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