Iowa young at linebacker, but experienced
Iowa had many new faces at the linebacker position last year after Josey Jewell, Bo Bower and Ben Niemann graduated. It's not the case this year, but there's still some question marks.
The Hawkeyes only lost Jack Hocaday to graduation. Kristian Welch, Nick Niemann and Djimon Colbert, who saw most of the action last season, do return. So does Amani Jones, but Iowa is also experimenting with him at defensive end.