Iowa will hold its annual public spring event on April 20 at Kinnick Stadium. Unlike in years past, it will be regular practice, not a game.
The event will take place with construction going on in the north end zone as the backdrop. The $89 million renovation has removed every north end zone seat, all of which will be in place for the home opener Sept. 1 against Northern Illinois. It’s not an issue now, because fans weren’t allowed in the north end zone anyway during previous spring games and Kids’ Day practices.
All of the action will head toward the south end zone and away from the construction in the north end zone.
Iowa returns several starters from last year’s 8-5 team, which earned its first bowl victory since 2010. Among the high-profile players coming back include quarterback Nate Stanley, tight end Noah Fant, defensive ends Anthony Nelson, Parker Hesse and A.J. Epenesa and offensive linemen Tristan Wirfs and Alaric Jackson.
Iowa open practice 2018: Date, time
Iowa will hold its spring game at 7 p.m. CT April 20 at Kinnick Stadium.
- Time: 7 p.m. CT kickoff
- Date: Friday, April 20
- Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
- Weather: 45 degrees and rainy
Iowa open practice 2018: TV channel
The Big Ten Network will not televise Iowa’s spring game from Kinnick Stadium.
How can I watch Iowa 2018 open practice online?
Neither BTN.com nor the BTN2Go app has no plans to provide live streaming of the game.
How can I listen to Iowa 2018 open practice on the radio?
Some Iowa radio stations will carry action from the open practice. The flagship stations are 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City). Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Ed Podolak as the color analyst and Rob Brooks as the sideline reporter. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
How can I get tickets to Iowa 2018 open practice?
It costs nothing to attend Iowa’s spring football game.
Iowa open practice 2018: Preview
- BACKUP QUARTERBACK — The main attraction last year was Iowa’s quarterback battle between Nate Stanley and Tyler Wiegers. With Stanley winning the job late in camp and Wiegers now competing for Eastern Michigan, the real quarterback battle is at backup. Freshman Peyton Mansell is listed as the No. 2 quarterback this camp with Spencer Petras in his first semester on campus. Don’t overlook junior walk-on Ryan Schmidt, who served as the team’s No. 3 quarterback against Nebraska last fall.
- RECEIVERS — Last year Iowa had only two scholarship receivers running routes and neither had caught a pass in a game. This year, Iowa brings back plenty of experience plus other receivers who should elevate their game. Senior Nick Easley was a walk-on who became the most consistent receiver with 51 catches. Others seeing action who are worth watching include sophomores Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Brandon Smith, Max Cooper and senior walk-on Kyle Groeneweg.
- RUNNING GAME — Iowa is depleted at running back this spring with only four players taking handoffs. Sophomores Toren Young and Ivory Kelly-Martin played snaps as reserves last year, while freshman Kyshaun Bryan is healthy after an injury-filled fall. Freshman Cam Harrell is working out at running back after playing both receiver and defensive back last fall.
- TACKLE MACHINES — The Hawkeyes lost 123 career starts at linebacker with Josey Jewell, Ben Niemann, Bo Bower and Kevin Ward all graduating. Jewell was a unanimous first-team All-American. Who will replace them as starters? Those questions probably won’t get completed answered until late August. But seniors Aaron Mends and Jack Hockaday as well as juniors Kristian Welch and Amani Jones battle for the two inside positions. Sophomores Nick Niemann and Barrington Wade do the same to replace Ben Niemann at the outside slot.
- SECONDARY ATTRACTION — Junior safety Amani Hooker performed well enough to lock down the strong safety spot, but free safety could be up in the air. Senior Brandon Snyder remains out after another knee injury last fall. Senior Jake Gervase was the star last year in the spring game with 3 interceptions, but sophomore Geno Stone could push him. At cornerback, sophomore Matt Hankins started the final three games last year, but juniors Michael Ojemudia and Manny Rugamba also have starting experience. Will freshmen Trey Creamer and Josh Turner push the top tier?