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Iowa wide receiver Brandon Smith could be the Hawkeyes' breakout player on offense this year.

Iowa’s offensive player poised to become breakout performer this spring

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Which offensive player is poised to become a breakout player?

ANSWER: It looks like Iowa sophomore wide receiver Brandon Smith could become a breakout performer for the Hawkeyes this spring. Smith of Lake Cormorant, Miss., came in with high expectations and didn’t redshirt last year. He caught only 3 passes for 15 yards in spot duty behind senior Matt VandeBerg.

Smith has become the likely starter at X-receiver as the split end. He stands 6-foot-3 and wears XXXL-sized gloves. Smith came to Iowa about 200 pounds and now weighs 215. He had a good frame, but has become more chiseled and much stronger. He also has improved his speed, which was a knock in the recruiting process.

Smith’s high character and work ethic are evident. If Smith can turn his potential into production, he has a chance to elevate Iowa’s receiving corps from the Big Ten’s lower level to competitive. In his final year at Lake Cormorant High School, Smith had 80 catches for 1,509 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also won the Mississippi state high jump championship and earned a 4.0 grade-point average in his final high school semester. 

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