Tis the season for football tryouts, and the Iowa Hawkeyes will need to find some diamonds in the rough following a disappointing season last year for the black and gold.

The University of Iowa football team will hold an open practice on Saturday, April 22nd, 2023 at Kinnick Stadium. The free practice will open at 9:45am (CT) and begin at 10:45am. The event will conclude with Iowa's spring drills, and is free to attend.

In some ways, it'd be nice to hold tryouts for the title of Offensive Coordinator, but you can't have everything I suppose.

The open practice date and times were announced on the Iowa Hawkeye Sports website, and also noted the upcoming games for the season. Some big highlights:

  • The Hawkeyes football 2023 season begins on Saturday, September 2nd when they host Utah State.
  • The Hawkeyes take on Northwestern at Wrigley Field on November 4th.
  • The Hawkeyes will face Nebraska on Black Friday.

Here is a breakdown of Iowa's matchups, per Hawkeye Sports:

The Hawkeyes open the 2023 season Saturday, Sept. 2, hosting nonconference foe Utah State. Following a trip to Ames on Sept. 9 to meet Iowa State in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series game, the Hawkeyes will close the nonconference season Sept. 16 by hosting Western Michigan.


In Big Ten Conference play, the Hawkeyes host Michigan State (Sept. 30), Purdue (Oct. 7), Minnesota (Oct. 21), Rutgers (Nov. 11) and Illinois (Nov. 18). Road games include traveling to Penn State (Sept. 30), Wisconsin (Oct. 14), Northwestern at Wrigley Field (Nov. 4) and Nebraska (Nov. 24) on Black Friday.

Photo Credit: Matthew Holst, Getty Images
Photo Credit: Matthew Holst, Getty Images

Free parking for the open practice will be available on hard surface lots. Tailgating is not allowed during this event; concession stands will be open at select locations, boasting a limited menu. More details are available on Hawkeye Sports' "Football Gameday" tab.

The Hawkeyes are looking to rebound from an 8-5 campaign in 2022 that saw them struggle mightily on offense. A disappointing season finale at home against Nebraska sullied their playoff chances, but the Hawkeyes managed to end the year with a 21-0 shutout against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl. Iowa defensive end Lukas Van Ness is fixing to be a high pick in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft too.

Over the course of the offseason, the Hawkeyes acquired former Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara from the transfer portal, and he's presumed to be the incumbent starter. Iowa also has been touting a solid crop of walk-on players as well.

More information on the upcoming April 22nd practice can be found on the Hawkeye Sports' website.


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