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Marvin McNutt out for spring after surgeries

Posted on: February 26, 2011 6:29 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

As the Iowa Hawkeyes head into spring practice, the passing game is going to look a little different. Okay, a lot different. Between the starting quarterback (Ricky Stanzi), starting tight end (Allen Reisner), and top three wide receivers (Marvin McNutt, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Colin Sandeman), all were seniors except for McNutt, a junior.

As it turns out, even McNutt won't be around for spring practice either; as the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Marc Morehouse reported today, McNutt is out for the spring with multiple maladies:

McNutt had surgery on a thumb and shoulder recently. He probably wouldn’t have done much this spring anyway, being a decorated senior receiver who’s put up numbers the last two years, but this clinches it. He is expected to be ready for fall camp.

Junior-to-be Keenan Davis is a likely beneficiary here, as Davis is now the most experienced wideout in spring practice. In fact, with McNutt sidelined, Davis' 11 catches for 131 yards and a score not only lead the returning wideouts in 2010 production, they do so by default; none of the other wide receivers in spring practice caught a pass in 2010. That Davis spent most of last season taking practice snaps with presumed 2011 starting QB James Vandenberg is a nice bonus. 

Thus, there's going to be a wide-open competition for the spot opposite Davis in the first team for spring practice. Johnson-Koulianos publicly praised freshman Kevonte Martin-Manley (redshirted in 2010) as having "my senior skills as a freshman", but considering the way DJK's Iowa career ended, it's probably safe to assume that Kirk Ferentz isn't exactly clamoring to hear endorsements from him. Still, so long as DJK's recommendation wasn't made from whole cloth, the McNutt/Davis/Martin-Manley trio could be formidable in 2011.

Also, as noted before, McNutt should be good to go for the start of the 2011 season, and that's notable from a record book perspective; McNutt has 16 career touchdown receptions, and the Iowa record is 21 (held by Tim Dwight and Danan Hughes). Six more is not only doable, but downright expected. That shoulder needs to hold up first, though.


Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2011 7:07 pm

Marvin McNutt out for spring after surgeries

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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:33 pm

Marvin McNutt out for spring after surgeries

you dont know much about iowa do you???  vandenberg has a better arm than stanzi and he is just waiting for his turn. mcnutt is going to miss "SPRING PRACTICE" not summer practice or any of the season. so let the young recievers get more reps. if you think this is such a letdown of a loss of guys...are you sure havent watched any iowa games. coker their RB and their young TEs are going to be big performers for them. they return almost their entire offensive line and the new guys coming in are just reloading in that position. there is talent on this team no doubt about it. they may be young but i think many are underestimating the talent they have waiting. losing dkj is a big loss but this team will still put up points. u of i > than u of k
i think the bigger news is what cbs didnt report...that when sash went pro, mcNUTT decided to stay. i noticed they never ever mentioned one thing about that. mcnutt is going to have a huge year for the hawks 

Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:17 pm

Marvin McNutt out for spring after surgeries

Im not a Iowa fan so im not biased.
But I've watched this kid play and hes exciting to watch. He is a playmaker with exceptional skills. It is a huge lose for Iowa's program, especially when they just lost a future NFL quarterback (Ricky Stanzi), and will need all of the help they can get. I know his stats were inconsistent at times but he had tremendous upside for next year. But i just dont see this passing game being half as good knowing that they lose Stanzi, McNutt, and  which is any great player I have seen this year. Such let down for hawkeye fans.

So there is still hope he will play during the season.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 1:18 pm

Marvin McNutt out for spring after surgeries

Even though I'm not exactly thrilled to hear that Marvin is out of commission for now, it's nice to know that he should heal up OK & that I'm not reading a bunch of rumor infested B.S. like what had been popping up here by the "D & D Gang" [You can fill that in for what it's worth]. It sounds like "my man" McNutt should be healed up in time for fall workouts so I'm hopeful that he can at least run routes before then so he can work on rehoning his catching skills as soon as they say "go!" Vandenberg & the others can concentrate on getting ready without Marvin during spring drills because we're going to need all the help we can get. Davis showed signs of having good skills & I trust what I hear about Martin-Manley as a sign of good things to come out of him too. I do hope Marvin can get back to get that career TD receptions record. I'm pretty sure Tim & Danan would give it up if it means successful W-L record on the field. And high hopes for Coker & others in the backfield with some decent experience in the O-line are swirling through my head also. Filling some holes on defense have me a bit concerned though. We can only hope. <img src="" alt="Cool" />

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:16 am

Marvin McNutt out for spring after surgeries

Honestly, not a huge story but at least it was reporting accurate news as opposed to DODD who makes sh.t up!

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2011 8:47 pm

Marvin McNutt out for spring after surgeries

Heal up Marvin.  You need to get off you McButt by fall to get your name in the record books.  I'm pullin' for ya!


Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2011 4:25 pm

Marvin McNutt out for spring after surgeries

A busted McNutt before spring practice.  That seems a little premature.  I hate it when that happens.

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