Familiarity With Greg Davis Will Help Iowa Hawkeyes Increase Pace on Offense in 2013

By Tyler Brett
Mike DiNovo – USA TODAY Sports

Last season, the Iowa Hawkeyes were struggling with learning a brand new offense under first year offensive coordinator Greg Davis. The result was some bumbling and stumbling and a lot more standing around than Davis or head coach Kirk Ferentz wanted to see. With a full year of experience now under their belts, Iowa will be looking to pick up the pace in 2013.

Iowa struggled to pick up the new concepts of Davis’ offense early on and it was forced to slow down how quickly they ran plays because of it. The Hawkeyes finished dead last in the Big Ten in plays run, averaging 66.1 plays per game with a total of 793 total plays. Davis wanted to focus on improving the offensive tempo because more plays would give the offense more opportunities to get into the endzone.

The team, for their part, has responded with a strong spring that has given the coaching staff confidence in their ability to run a no-huddle, up-tempo offense next fall. Nearly every repetition during the spring was geared toward moving the team to a no-huddle offense and leading receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley predicts that the Hawkeyes will be running without a huddle 80 to 90 percent of the time next fall.

During the spring game, the increased tempo of the offense seemed to work well, leading to a 61-37 win for the Iowa offense. Davis hopes that controlling the pace of the game will help Iowa make some noise in the Big Ten in 2013 and keep them out of the cellar. Is a change of pace enough to get Iowa back into the hunt for a Big Ten title next season?

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