1. Get the running game going (AKA feed Tyler Goodson)
Tyler Goodson is one of the most dynamic running backs in the Big Ten – let alone on Iowa’s roster – which is why it’s been a huge surprise to see his lack of opportunities so far, especially in the red zone. Goodson has just 29 rushing attempts in 2020, logging 16 and 13 carries, respectively, through two games.
Goodson broke out last season as a true freshman by rushing for 638 yards and five touchdowns. He became the first freshman in Iowa’s program history to lead the team in rushing yards. Goodson is averaging 4.1 yards per carry this season.
A lack of rushing attempts isn’t exclusive to just Goodson, either. Senior Mekhi Sargent has barely seen the rock this season, despite being incredibly efficient. Sargent has received just 15 carries but averages 6.1 yards per attempt. Overall, Iowa averages 4.61 yards per attempt as a team.
For whatever reason, Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz has been reluctant to run the ball. It becomes even more confusing when factoring in the struggles from first-year starting quarterback Spencer Petras. Iowa ranks sixth among all college teams in passing play percentage (60.8 percent), compared to last season’s ranking of 52nd (49.1 percent). Simply put, Goodson and Sargent need more carries.