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Fresh faces: Iowa

Our preseason look at three players likely taking on bigger roles this fall continues with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

OFFENSE: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, sophomore, 6-7, 250

Some might wonder why James Vandenberg or Marcus Coker isn't the pick on offense, but both of those players aren't exactly "fresh" to Iowa fans, although they'll be taking on bigger roles this season. Fiedorowicz is a known name as well, but mainly because of his accolades as a recruit. He appeared in all 13 games last season -- one of nine true freshmen to see the field -- but didn't record any receptions. That should change this season as Iowa looks for more options to complement Marvin McNutt in the passing game. Fiedorowicz certainly has the size and the athleticism to be much more than a blocking tight end, and along with projected starter Brad Herman, he'll likely be among Vandenberg's top targets.

DEFENSE: Tanner Miller, S, sophomore, 6-2, 195

Iowa loses a lot at safety as Tyler Sash and Brett Greenwood, who combined to start 84 career games, depart the program. Although more experienced defensive backs like Micah Hyde and Jordan Bernstine will help fill the void, the Hawkeyes will need production from Miller and other young players. Miller appeared in eight games in 2010, recording seven tackles, including three in the Insight Bowl against Missouri. Miller missed spring practice following shoulder surgery, so he'll need a strong performance in camp next month. Iowa needs to build depth in the secondary, and Miller will be part of that mix.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Eric Guthrie, P, senior, 6-6, 245

Iowa must replace standout Ryan Donahue, who appeared in 51 games as the team's top punter. Guthrie backed up Donahue the past three seasons but had only one punt in a game, a 32-yarder last season against Iowa State. The senior's size certainly jumps out, as he's built more like a tight end than a punter. A walk-on who averaged 37.2 yards per punt in high school, Guthrie impressed the coaching staff with his progress last season and should be ready for a bigger role.

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