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 on the list is Kevonte Martin-Manley
– Redshirt freshman wide receiver from Bloomfield, Mich.
– Listed on HawkeyeSports.com at 6-0, 190 lbs.
– First team All-State as a high school senior
– Holds school records for receiving yards in a game (177), punt return yards in a game (103), career touchdown receptions (20), longest reception (93) and career receiving yards (1,525)
– Ferentz on Martin-Manley: “I think it’s fair to say those are two positions — the back end and receiver position — where younger guys might have a good opportunity coming in. We ended up playing Don Shumpert last year and could have very easily played Kevonte, probably would have, except we had so many seniors, we felt like we could buffer him in there. It will be a good chance for those guys to get some good quality work.”
Notes: Hawkeye fans will have an opportunity to see a couple of new wide receivers this season. Iowa loses Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and Colin Sandeman — who accounted for 67 catches and nearly 1,000 receiving yards last season. With Marvin McNutt and Keenan Davis being the only two experienced receivers back for the Black and Gold in 2011, young receivers like Martin-Manley will have to step up and prove they can be reliable pass-catchers.