The Iowa offense will be 32 years younger under the headset when they kickoff against Wyoming next season. Quite a drastic number, considering new offensive coordinator (OC) Brian Ferentz will turn 34 this year, nearly half the age as previous OC Greg Davis who retired on January 6. As of yesterday, this team was injected with some much needed youth.
Although young, Brian has established a strong resume. Under Bill Belichick at New England, Ferentz ascended from scouting assistant to offensive coaching assistant to tight ends coach in 2011, his final year with the team before he joined the Iowa coaching staff.
As tight ends coach, the Patriots set NFL records for receptions (169), yards (2,237), and touchdowns (24) by tight ends. The position featured Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Gronkowski became the first tight end in NFL history to lead the league in touchdown receptions with 17, while his counterpart Hernandez added another seven. It was far and away the best seasons in each of their careers, although Gronkowski has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career and Hernandez only played in one more season after being convicted of murder.
Ferentz came to Iowa as the offensive line coach in 2012 and has produced rock solid units, including being honored with the Joe Moore Award this season for the best offensive line in college football. The move to OC is obviously a great opportunity for Ferentz. But, his career hangs in the balance of how well the offense performs, should he have head coaching aspirations someday. If anyone can get in the ear of Kirk without repercussion, it is his son.
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