Iowa: 4 redshirt offensive players to watch in spring practice
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What offensive redshirt players are worth monitoring in spring football?
Nearly half of the Class of 2017 redshirted last season, and those players will look to make an impact on the 2018 season. Here are four players coming off a redshirt to pay attention to once spring practice begins March 21.
QB Peyton Mansell
Iowa needs a backup quarterback for starter Nate Stanley. It is going to be either Peyton Mansell or Class of 2018 signee Spencer Petras.
Lack of experience, and lack of options, at second-string quarterback are a concern. Mansell, a former 3-star prospect, can put some of those questions to rest with a strong spring.
OL Mark Kallenberger
Mark Kallenberger redshirted yet found himself on the depth chart for the bowl game. That speaks to two things: his ability and the number of injuries Iowa dealt with up front last season. Iowa is high on his potential, and he could work his way into the offensive line rotation. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Kallenberger profiles as a tackle, but his best path to playing time this season could come at guard.
C Levi Duwa
The plan for Levi Duwa was to play on the defensive line, but he moved to offense last season. Iowa needs a long-term option at center, and Duwa will have a chance to show if he is that player this spring.
WR Henry Marchese
The Hawkeyes need playmakers at wide receiver. Any receiver who shows the ability to create separation from defensive backs and move the chains can work his way onto the depth chart this spring. That is what Henry Marchese did at Stevenson (Ill.) High School, catching 63 passes for 1,053 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2016. It is time to see if he can do the same with the Hawkeyes.
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