Leading up to the Iowa Spring Game on April 16, Big 10 Rant will highlight some of the new faces that will likely see some action at key positions for the Hawkeyes in the 2011 campaign. With the departure of 26 seniors this past season, it will be up to the next group of Hawkeyes to step up and be the “Next Man In.”
Next up on the countdown is Eric Guthrie
– Senior punter from Nevada, Iowa
– Listed on HawkeyeSports at 6-6, 245 lbs
– Recorded only one punt in his previous three seasons as a Hawkeye — a 32-yard boot against Iowa State in 2010.
– First team All-State as a junior and third team as a senior
– Ferentz on Guthrie: : “If you would have told me he was a candidate four years ago, I would have told you he’s a nice young man, extremely intelligent, I think he’s a presidential candidate, but candidate for this job, I probably would have said probably not. That’s the neat thing about college football. Last year he really did a good job. I think he’ll do a real nice job. He’s extremely conscientious.”
– Notes: With Ryan Donahue gone, Guthrie sits atop the depth chart for the first time in four years. Even without the former Ray Guy Award finalist, the senior still isn’t guaranteed to be the starting punter. Redshirt freshman Jonny Mullings is also in the hunt for the top spot on the two-deeps.
“Eric’s done it in games, and Jonny — he can really boom it,’ Donahue told The Des Moines Registers’ Randy Peterson. “It’s going to come down to whoever’s the most consistent in practice.”
Whoever wins the competition has the distinction of replacing perhaps the greatest Iowa punter since Reggie Roby. No pressure…
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