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24.7.365 T By Steve Roe he University of Iowa Hawkeyes opened spring football practice with 14 returning starters from the final game of the 2012 season, including their two leading rushers and four of the five leading receivers on offense, and their top three tacklers on defense. Sophomore Jordan Canzeri (5-9, 180) returns after missing 2012 because of injury. He ranked second in rushing yards in 2011 (31-114) while seeing action in seven games in his first season. He started the Insight Bowl and led the Hawkeyes in rushing (22-58) and receptions (6-28-1 TD) against Oklahoma. Iowa's spring roster includes 39 lettermen, including six returning starters on offense, eight on defense and senior placekicker Mike Meyer and sophomore punter Connor Kornbrath. There are 18 seniors and eight of the 39 lettermen have earned three letters. FULLBACK Here is a look at the Hawkeyes, position by position: QUARTERBACK Sophomore Jake Rudock (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) has been with the program the last two seasons. Rudock enjoyed an outstanding prep career in Florida, leading his team to the state title as a senior and a two-year record of 29-1. None of the three players currently at fullback have played the position in a game for the Hawkeyes. Those players include Adam Cox (5-11, 215), Berkley Grimm (5-11, 235) and Macon Plewa (6-2, 234), a trio of sophomores. Grimm joined the Iowa program after spending one season at North Dakota State. Plewa saw action at linebacker and on special teams in 2012. TIGHT END C.J. Fiedorowicz (6-7, 265) returns for his final season after starting all 12 games a year ago. The three-year letterman ranked third on the team in receiving with 45 receptions for 433 yards and one touchdown. Fiedorowicz has 61 career receptions for 600 yards and four touchdowns. Junior Cody Sokol (6-2, 205) joined the program last spring after two seasons at Scottsdale Community ColAdditional lettermen at this position include junior lege and redshirted in 2012. He passed for more than 3,800 yards as a sophomore at Scottsdale while earning Ray Hamilton (6-5, 252), and sophomores Jake Duzey (6-4, 245) and Henry Krieger Coble (6-4, 245). all-conference and all-region honors. Redshirt freshman C.J. Beathard (6-2, 195) joined the program last fall. He led the state of Tennessee is completions, passing yards and touchdowns as a junior and senior. RUNNING BACK WIDE RECEIVER Kevonte Martin-Manley (6-0, 205) returns for his junior season after starting all 12 games last season. He led the team in receptions (52-571- 2 TDs) and his two-year totals include 82 catches for 894 yards. Senior Jordan Cotton (6-1, 192) is the only other receiver with starting experience, and that was just one game. Cotton improved throughout 2012 and at the end of the year led the Big Ten and ranked 13th in the nation with a 28.2 average on kickoff returns. Juniors Mark Weisman (6-0, 236) and Damon Bullock (6-0, 200) return after ranking first and second, respectively, in rushing yards last season. Weisman moved from fullback to running back and rushed for 815 yards (5.1 average) and eight touchdowns in 10 games. Bullock was limited to just six games because of Senior Don Shumpert (6-3, 200), and sophomores injuries, but still rushed for 513 yards (3.8 average) and Jacob Hillyer (6-4, 205) and Tevaun Smith (6-2, 200) three touchdowns. are the other returning lettermen. Redshirt freshmen who will have the chance to step up during the spring include Riley McCarron (5-9, 182) and Cameron Wilson (6-1, 200). 41

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