Tim Polasek will coach Iowa’s offensive line after a strong audition on Sept. 17 at Kinnick Stadium. The North Dakota State offensive coordinator reportedly left his position on Monday to join the Hawkeyes, but it was not confirmed and his role was unknown.
Both the Des Moines Register’s Chad Leistikow and FootballScoop.com reported Tuesday morning that he will coach the offensive line.
Have confirmed that NDSU offensive coordinator Tim Polasek will become Iowa's OL coach. First report of him leaving via @FGOSPORTSWRITER.
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) February 14, 2017
Polasek’s North Dakota State offense ran for 239 yards on 49 carries in a 23-21 win over Iowa on Sept. 17, 2016. He served as offensive coordinator for three seasons with the Bison and twice won national titles.
Polasek helped developed QB Carson Wentz into the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and shaped a running attack around John Crockett, who rushed for a school-record 1,994 yards in 2014. In 2016, the Bison averaged 5.7 yards per carry and rushed for 240.9 yards per game.
Land of 10’s Scott Dochterman wrote about why the un-sexy hire of Polasek is perfect for Iowa. The Hawkeyes had coaching openings at offensive line, wide receiver or running back, and in April, the NCAA expects to expanded football coaching staffs to 10 members, which would allow Iowa to fill all three of those spots.