June 1, 2011
MIH: #8 Broderick Binns
For the Iowa defense it all starts up front. With three starters moving on to the NFL, it means that Broderick Binns be called upon as a veteran leader and a productive player who makes plays and forces the action up front. The 2010 season is probably one that Binns would like to put behind him as his numbers dropped, but he will be critical in 2011 and that's why he comes in at #8 on our list of Most Indispensable Hawkeyes.
MEASUREMENTS: 6-foot-2 and 261 pounds
THE NUMBERS: 36 tackles and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown
WHY BINNS MADE THE LIST:
After a very good sophomore season, which included 63 tackles, including 10 for loss and six quarterback sacks, Binns numbers took a hit in his junior year with only 36 tackles and no sacks. The drop could be attributed to the fact that Mike Daniels emerged as a force at defensive tackle, moving Christian Ballard to the end position.
For whatever reason, after the pass interception returned for touchdown, Binns never built on that outstanding play and started just five games last year after starting all of them in 2010. Heading into his senior year with the bulk of the defensive line moving on to the NFL, Binns will be expected to ramp up his numbers to the 2009 level.
While Binns lacks ideal mass to his frame, he uses his extremely long arms to create pass rushing opportunities and shed blockers. He seems to play his best football against his home state Gophers, including last year when he had nine tackles, a forced fumble, and a pass breakup. The key in 2011 for Binns will be to play every game this season at that level because given Iowa's inexperience on the defensive line, there isn't a proven backup waiting in the wings for the Hawkeyes this year. That's why Binns comes in at #8 on our list of most indispensable Hawkeyes for 2011.
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