Revsine says Iowa football will `be in the hunt'

Aug. 25, 2009

Tuesday, Aug. 25, Practice Photo Gallery | Video interview with Big Ten Network’s Dave Revsine

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Classes have returned to the University of Iowa campus. So has the Big Ten Network.

The BTN’s crew of Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Dave Revsine made a stop in Iowa City on Tuesday to catch its final glimpse of the Hawkeye football team before the season begins Saturday, Sept. 5.

“Everyone’s interested in who will replace Shonn Greene (at running back). That’s a big question mark,” Revsine said before practice. “The defensive tackle position is pretty interesting and the cornerback spot opposite of (Amari) Spievey is interesting.”

Iowa was the final destination for the BTN on an 11-campus tour of all the league football programs. Revsine likes what he sees in the Hawkeyes.

“I saw them in the spring, so I have a decent feel for them,” he said. “I think after seeing the other 10 teams, this is a team that can be in the hunt certainly, talent-wise. The schedule doesn’t do them a whole lot of favors and I think that’s going to be the big variable.”

Revsine called it a `monumental achievement’ if Iowa completed its four-game conference road schedule with a record better than 2-2.

“If you go 2-2 (on the road) and win all your home games, you’re 6-2,” Revsine said. “There have been years where 6-2 is good enough to tie for the conference title — 2000 comes to mind when there was a three-way tie. It will be a huge challenge. They’re not just going to have to be at that elite level, they’re going to have to be a little better because of the roadblocks with that schedule.”

To view an exclusive 31-image photo gallery of Tuesday’s practice inside the Kenyon Practice Facility, click HERE.

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