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Iowa needs quarterback Nate Stanley to become the central part of the offense in 2018.

Iowa: Why quarterback is so important this spring; best football road trip this fall

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Road trip

Which is the best away football game to attend to this season? Land of 10 has the answer. Here’s a hint: It’s a pretty far drive east.

Sail away

Iowa needs quarterback Nate Stanley to make it his offense this season. He needs to carry the young skill position players around him. Teammates voting Stanley a captain is a good sign he’ll be in position to lead the offense come September.

The battle for No. 2

Spring practice is all about development. Nowhere on the roster does that matter more than at backup quarterback. Iowa is inexperienced and HawkeyeNation.com’s Rob Howe breaks down where Peyton Mansell and Spencer Petras sit.

Silence standing out

Three-star Illinois defensive back Sebastian Castro took an unofficial visit to Iowa on Thursday. He  noticed the Hawkeyes don’t listen to music during spring practices. Rivals.com’s Blair Sanderson explains why that is here.

Dancing days

A 14-19 season isn’t acceptable for Iowa men’s basketball. How do the Hawkeyes get back into the NCAA Tournament in coach Fran McCaffery’s ninth year next season? The Des Moines Register’s Chad Leistikow put a plan together.

Strength up front

In-state defensive lineman Tyler Linderbaum and John Waggoner are two names to know. The Cedar Rapids Gazette’s Marc Morehouse goes over Iowa’s Class of 2018 defensive linemen. There is a lot to like about both Linderbaum and Waggoner.

At second glance

There weren’t any spring football depth chart changes worthy of a double-take this year. Land of 10 goes over some of the past ones here.

And the winner is …

The Des Moines Register announced its finalists for Iowa high school boys’ basketball player of the year. Yes, a certain Iowa signee is included. The winner will be announced on June 23.

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