IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz on Thursday identified defensive line and tight end as the team's biggest concerns heading into the offseason.
The Hawkeyes, who finished 9-4 and ranked 25th after beating Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl, lost a program-high four players who left school early for the NFL. Tight end was by far the hardest hit, with redshirt sophomore T.J. Hockenson and junior Noah Fant both projected to be high picks after declaring themselves eligible for the draft.
"When you're a good football team, you going to lose good players," Ferentz said during his annual season-ending news conference. "It's another trend in college football that we'll learn to adjust and deal with."