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Finding replacements for linebackers Ben Niemann (left) and Josey Jewell is a priority this spring.

Iowa’s top spring practice position battles; why Noah Fenske’s committed

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Marking your territory

Rivals’ Tom Kakert goes over Iowa’s top five position battles for spring practice. Linebacker and wide receiver are obvious choices. The Hawkeyes need someone to step up at both positions. Ideally, it’s more than one player at each spot.

15 minutes well spent

Class of 2019 offensive lineman Noah Fenske chatted with former Iowa guard Marshal Yanda during a visit to campus earlier this month. The talk led Fenske to commit on the spot. Land of 10 took a look at one of the most impactful conversations of Fenske’s recruitment.

Gaining ground

Iowa is in good position with Class of 2019 defensive end Mosai Newsom, but don’t expect the in-state 3-star prospect to commit any time soon. He told HawkeyeNation.com’s Rob Howe he plans to commit in the fall. Nebraska and Minnesota are also recruiting Newsom.

Let’s celebrate with BBQ

Former Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens was expected to resign with the Dallas Cowboys or head to the Indianapolis Colts. Instead, the Kansas City Chiefs swooped in and signed Hitchens on the first day of NFL free agency. He is set to make $9 million per season as part of the five-year deal.

Trophy time

What will it take for Iowa wrestling to bring home some hardware from the NCAA championships this week in Cleveland? A few wrestlers making it into the semifinals is a good start. The Des Moines Register’s Cody Goodwin breaks down the Hawkeyes’ postseason chances here.

Blast from the past

Ever wonder what happened to Steve Carfino, who played basketball for Iowa in 1980-84? He became the face of basketball in Australia. His old college teammate, Jon Darsee, explains how it happened for the Des Moines Register in this piece.

Cinderella time

Can Iowa women’s basketball make a deep NCAA Tournament run? The Iowa City Press-Citizen’s Dargan Southard takes a look.

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