It’s a big weekend in the Big Ten, as seven teams will hold their spring games on Saturday. We're here to guide you through them all with previews of each team’s fan-friendly event.
Let's take a closer look at Iowa's end-of-spring scrimmage/practice:
When: 1 p.m. ET (noon local), Saturday
Where: Kinnick Stadium
Admission: Free. The west and south grandstands are open, and gates open at 11 a.m. local time. Parking is free in some lots, but limited at Kinnick because of construction.
TV: The practice session will be streamed live online at bigtennetwork.com. Highlights can be seen Saturday night on BTN's Big Ten Football Report.
Weather forecast: Cloudy with showers possible, temperatures between 66-72 degrees, 50 percent chance of rain, wind at 12-14 mph.
What to watch for: Iowa doesn't hold a true spring game, and instead will complete spring drills with a practice session that includes a controlled scrimmage near its conclusion. The session is expected to last about two hours.
The Hawkeyes are going through dramatic changes this spring as Kirk Ferentz made coordinator changes for the first time in his Iowa tenure. Fans will get their first glimpse at Greg Davis' offense, which will incorporate some hurry-up and no-huddle elements, and different formations than the team has used in the past.
Senior quarterback James Vandenberg has impressed Davis with his ability to pick up the system, and it will be interesting to see how Vandenberg looks on Saturday. Top receiver Keenan Davis is out with a minor injury, so the practice/scrimmage provides an opportunity for others to emerge, particularly at the tight end position. Junior tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz will be one to watch Saturday. There's also the seemingly never-ending saga at running back, as Iowa looks for another unproven player to blossom. Damon Bullock and De'Andre Johnson will get most the reps.
Phil Parker is a familiar face for Iowa fans and players, but he has stepped into a new role as defensive coordinator. The scheme changes will be minor and subtle, but Saturday provides an opportunity to evaluate players and position groups, particularly an extremely young defensive line that features two redshirt freshmen in starting roles right now, (tackle Darian Cooper and end Riley McMinn.