The uncertainty that hung over Iowa heading into last year's fall camp has been replaced by stability and reasonably high expectations.

That doesn't mean the Hawkeyes can afford to cruise through fall camp, which begins Monday.

Iowa has five starters to replace on the back end of its defense, including three linebackers that made it to the NFL. The Hawkeyes also need to sort out playing time at running back, wide receiver and tight end, and the new starters on the offensive line need to be ready by the end of the month because the program's depth isn't what it used to be.

But the good news for the Hawkeyes is that they appear to have solid options at every position. The task for the next three weeks will be to settle on starters for the opener on Aug. 30 against Northern Iowa and beyond.