The depth chart is out for Purdue, but there aren't too many changes to note. Let's get right to it:
|POS||FIRST STRING||SECOND STRING||POS||FIRST STRING||SECOND STRING|
|QB||NATHAN STANLEY (So)||TYLER WIEGERS (Jr)||DE||ANTHONY NELSON (So)||SAM BRINCKS (Jr)|
|RB||AKRUM WADLEY (Sr)||JAMES BUTLER (Sr)||DT||MATT NELSON (Jr)||CEDRICK LATTIMORE (So)|
|FB||DRAKE KULICK (Sr)||BRADY ROSS (So)||DT||NATHAN BAZATA (Sr)||BRADY REIFF (So)|
|WR||MATT VANDEBERG (Sr)||BRANDON SMITH (Fr)||DE||PARKER HESSE (Jr)||A.J. EPENESA (Fr)|
|WR||NICK EASLEY (Jr)||IHMIR SMITH-MARSETTE (Fr)||OLB||BEN NIEMANN (Sr)||KEVIN WARD (Sr)|
|TE||NOAH FANT (So)||NATE WIETING (So)||MLB||JOSEY JEWELL (Sr)||KRISTIAN WELCH (So)|
|TE||T.J. HOCKENSON (RS Fr)||PETER PEKAR (Sr)||WLB||BO BOWER (Sr)||AARON MENDS (Jr)|
|LT||ALARIC JACKSON (RS Fr)||SEAN WELSH (Sr)||CB||JOSH JACKSON (Jr)||MATT HANKINS (Fr)|
|LG||KEEGAN RENDER (Jr)||ROSS REYNOLDS (Jr)||SS||
MILES TAYLOR (Sr) /
AMANI HOOKER (So)
|C||JAMES DANIELS (Jr)||COLE BANWART (RS Fr)||FS||JAKE GERVASE (Jr)||GENO STONE (Fr)|
|RG||SEAN WELSH (Sr)||LEVI PAULSEN (So)||CB||
MICHAEL OJEMUDIA (So) /
MANNY RUGAMBA (So)
|RT||TRISTAN WIRFS (Fr)||LEVI PAULSEN (So)||LS||TYLER KLUVER (Sr)||JACKSON SUBBERT (So)|
|K||MIGUEL RECINOS (Jr)||KEITH DUNCAN (So)||P||RYAN GERSONDE (Fr)||COLTEN RASTETTER (So)|
|KR||IVORY KELLY-MARTIN (Fr)||AKRUM WADLEY (Sr)||PR||MATT VANDEBERG (Sr)||MAX COOPER (Fr)|
A few thoughts:
- No changes on offense despite the worst offensive performance of the Ferentz Era against Wisconsin on Saturday. Then again, as I said after the anemic performance after the Northwestern game, what changes in offensive personnel are going to alter much? If there were better options on the offensive line, they'd be playing; unfortunately, Boone Myers and Ike Boettger are still injured and out for the season. Akrum Wadley is still Iowa's best offensive weapon and while Nate Stanley, Noah Fant, and T.J. Hockeson had a day to forget on Saturday, they're still Iowa's most talented options at those positions. The one position where you might consider trying new faces is wide receiver, I guess, just to see if someone can actually catch the damn ball on a consistent basis. But it comes down to the players performing better (the oft-derided "execution") and, more importantly, the coaches putting them in better positions to succeed.
- On the defensive side of the ball, Matt Nelson is still listed as a starter at defensive tackle, which seems like a promising sign about his health after missing a chunk of the game against Wisconsin.
- The most uncertainty is in the secondary, with Miles Taylor and Amani Hooker listed as co-starters at strong safety and Manny Rugamba and Michael Ojemudia also listed as co-starters at right cornerback. Hooker missed all of the Wisconsin game due to injury, while Rugamba was injured during that game and missed part of it. Hopefully the fact that they're both listed as possible starters here is a sign that their injuries aren't too serious.
- Finally, more change at the punt returner slot, where Max Cooper is now backing up Matt VandeBerg. Just find someone who can field the ball and make good decisions back there, please. At this point, positive returns would just be a bonus.
Anything else of note in the depth chart this week? Hit up the comments.