Former Power Five players praise Iowa football offensive, playing Spencer Petras

Prior to the Hawkeyes’ match with the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines, Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn and Brad Banks provided thoughts on the struggling Iowa attack.

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Co-hosts Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Lennart, and Urban Mayer speak during a pre-game show of the Fox Sports Big Noon Kickoff NCAA Show featuring Iowa and Michigan on the lawn by Hillcrest and Petersen Residence Hall at the University of Iowa in Iowa City on Friday , September 30, 2022. Lennart said the implementation of the Iowa defense is playing well. “They’re very healthy,” Lennart said. “They just don’t make a mistake.”


Iowa football’s problems with attacking in 2022 are well documented. The Hawkeyes are currently ranked last on FBS’s 131 teams in terms of total attack.

Iowa’s passing attack is ranked 124th nationally, and a floor hockey game wasn’t much better at 115th.

Iowa averaged 131 yards and 232.5 total yards per game. The Hawkeyes scored one touchdown in the air and four by running.

Former Notre Dame quarterback and current TV analyst Brady Quinn, who is in Iowa City to co-host FOX soccer’s “Big Noon Kickoff”, have begun to believe Iowa’s inconsistencies over the offense cannot be attributed to a specific player.

“I think there are a number of factors playing into the offense up to this point,” Quinn said after Friday afternoon’s rehearsal. For starters, I’m sure [starting quarterback Spencer Petras] He didn’t play as well as I’m sure he would like to… I think what you see, offensively, while watching this team, is that there are just things that break down from time to time. It’s not the same person in every play, but it’s the same person in every game.”

Petras, now in his fifth season in Iowa, has cut 48 of 54 for 524 yards, touchdowns and two interceptions. The California quarterback currently rated 11.6 on the season.

“He’s off to a slow start,” said Matt Lennart, analyst for Big N Kekoff. “…I think it has something to do with him, he has played football a lot. It is experienced and not how you really start, it is how you end.”

“He had his moments. Look, I played the center. I have contradictions. I’m sure he’ll be the first to say, you know, he needs to get better. They lost some guys in the transfer gate. I think they’re still trying to figure out the guys to step up and all that.” He is skilled.”

Despite Petras’ struggles, former Iowa Cup runner-up and Heisman Prize runner-up Brad Banks had simplified advice for the Hawkeyes’ current signal caller.

“My advice has always been, just enjoy playing and playing,” Banks told reporters before the 2002 Iowa football teams reunited for 20 years. “Don’t let it be more than it is. It’s just a game, so enjoy it and make yourself proud, make your teammates proud. That’ll be all I say to him and everyone else playing. We’re in game four or five or whatever. No. They still have games left. Sometimes, it takes a little longer to find yourself. But once you do, it’s downhill.”

Both Quinn and former Heisman Trophy-winning linebacker Reggie Bush have suggested ways to treat a sick Iowa attack. Quinn said the Hockey family might benefit from increasing their attack tempo. He added that the rising tempo helped the Notre Dame attack play better during his time at South Bend.

Bush suggested Petras might be the answer to the Hockey family’s problems. The 2006 NFL Draft’s No. 2 overall pick said Iowa needed to throw more deep balls if attacking were to improve this season.

“On the offensive side of the ball, they have playmakers,” said Bosch. “I think the one thing I would like to see Iowa do more is push the football down the field. They can run the football. I’m not worried about them running the football. They can do that.”

“Big Noon Kickoff” will air on FOX at 9 a.m. Saturday and will be broadcast from the lawn between Hillcrest and Petersen auditoriums at the University of Iowa. Iowa and Michigan will meet on the grid immediately after the Big Noon Kickoff event. The official start time of the game is 11:05 AM

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