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This is a big spring practice for Ihmir Smith-Marsette.

Iowa: Why spring practice is vital for Ihmir Smith-Marsette; Keegan Render the key to O-line

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Wake-up call

This is a big spring for wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette. He is as talented as any wide receiver on the roster, but the coaching staff thinks he needs to pay a little more attention and give a little bit more of himself to football. The Cedar Rapids Gazette’s Marc Morehouse takes a look at what Smith-Marsette needs to do in these 15 practices.

Bring on the backups

There is no clear second-string quarterback behind starter Nate Stanley. So, Land of 10 had Stanley break down the competitors, Peyton Mansell and Spencer Petras. Stanley, showing shades of being a politician, doesn’t pick a winner. He likes what he has seen from both.

Man in the middle

Keegan Render is penciled in to start at center, sliding over from guard. The Des Moines Register’s Chad Leistikow believes Render’s play will be the key to how well the offensive line performs in 2018.

Pick a winner

The most intriguing position battle this spring is at linebacker. All three spots are open, and there isn’t really an overwhelming favorite to claim any of the jobs with the exception of Nick Niemann at LEO. How are things playing out? Land of 10 takes a look.

Mailbag Time

Will Iowa land recruiting target Jack Campbell? It is a timely question, and it is answered in the Land of 10 Iowa recruiting mailbag.

Take a look

Iowa opened up about 20 minutes of practice to the media on Wednesday. Here are five takeaways, including a look at which surprise players were held out of drills.

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