Play defense and don’t turn the ball over. Call it boring. Call it old school. Call it Big Ten football. Whatever you want to call it, it’s what Iowa does best. And that will be the recipe for success this season, when defense is again the main ingredient.
DE Adrian Clayborn, the Orange Bowl MVP, had 11.5 sacks last season and will lead a defensive line that returns four all-Big 10 performers. A year ago, tackles Karl Klug (6-4, 270) and Christian Ballard (6-5, 297) combined with junior defensive end Broderick Binns (6-2, 261) to register 32 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks and 14 passes batted down. The Hawkeyes ranked in the top 10 nationally in five defensive categories. They could be better this season.