You know the drill: new week, new depth chart. This week's depth chart sees a few changes from last week's depth chart, thanks to some injuries.
|POS||FIRST STRING||SECOND STRING||POS||FIRST STRING||SECOND STRING|
|QB||NATHAN STANLEY (Jr)||PEYTON MANSELL (RS Fr)||DE||ANTHONY NELSON (Jr)||CHAUNCEY GOLSTON (So)|
|RB||TOREN YOUNG (So)||MEKHI SARGENT (So)||DT||SAM BRINCKS (Sr)||CEDRICK LATTIMORE (Jr)|
|FB||BRADY ROSS (Jr)||AUSTIN KELLY (Sr)||DT||MATT NELSON (Sr)||BRADY REIFF(Jr)|
|WR||BRANDON SMITH (So)||KYLE GROENEWEG (Sr)||DE||PARKER HESSE (Sr)||A.J. EPENESA (So)|
|WR||NICK EASLEY (Sr)||IHMIR SMITH-MARSETTE (So)||OLB||NICK NIEMANN (So)||BARRINGTON WADE (So)|
|TE||NOAH FANT (Jr)||SHAUN BEYER (So)||MLB||JACK HOCKADAY (Sr)||AMANI JONES (Jr)|
|TE||T.J. HOCKENSON (So)||NATE WIETING (Sr)||WLB||DJIMON COLBERT (RS Fr)||KRISTIAN WELCH (Jr)|
|LT||ALARIC JACKSON (So)||MARK KALLENBERGER (RS Fr)||CB||MATT HANKINS (So)||JULIUS BRENTS (Fr)|
|LG||ROSS REYNOLDS (Sr)||LANDAN PAULSEN (Jr)||SS||AMANI HOOKER (Jr)||JOHN MILANI (Jr)|
|C||KEEGAN RENDER (Sr)||LEVI DUWA (RS Fr)||FS||JAKE GERVASE (Sr)||GENO STONE (So)|
|RG||COLE BANWART (So)||LEVI PAULSEN (Jr)||CB||
MICHAEL OJEMUDIA (Jr)
||JOSH TURNER (RS Fr)|
|RT||TRISTAN WIRFS (So)||DALTON FERGUSON (Sr)||LS||JACKSON SUBBERT (Jr)||NATE VEJVODA (Jr)|
|K||MIGUEL RECINOS (Sr)||CALEB SHUDAK (So)||P||COLTEN RASTETTER (Jr)||RYAN GERSONDE (So)|
|KR||IHMIR SMITH-MARSETTE (So)||KYLE GROENEWEG (Sr)||PR||IHMIR SMITH-MARSETTE (So)||KYLE GROENEWEG (Sr)|
A few thoughts;
- Toren Young is the starter at RB, Mekhi Sargent is the back-up, and Ivory Kelly-Martin is nowhere to be found. This is what we saw on Saturday against ISU -- Young started and Sargent came in to spell him. We'll have to wait until Ferentz's press conference later today to get an update on the status of IKM's health for this week's game.
- The other change is at WLB, where Djimon Colbert is the official starter and Kristian Welch is the back-up. Again, this is what we saw on Saturday -- Colbert got the start and Welch didn't play. Welch is reportedly dealing with an injury of his own; Ferentz will likely update his status later today. Even when Welch is healthy, though, he might not slide right back into the lineup -- Colbert had a very impressive debut against ISU and is definitely in line to get more playing time going forward.
- Ihmir Smith-Marsette left the ISU game with an injury after landing hard on his shoulder on a big catch, but he's still listed in the usual spots on the depth chart: WR2 behind Nick Easley and the starting PR and KR. We know he's not really the main PR -- that's Kyle Groeneweg -- and his availability for those other roles is TBD. Once again, we'll wait for Ferentz to provide a health update at his press appearances later today.
- Other than that, it's steady as she goes for the depth chart. There's certainly no reason to make any other changes to the defensive two-deeps with how well that side of the ball has been playing through the first two weeks of the season. The offensive side of the ball has seen a lot more struggles, but for now it probably makes sense to work on execution issues rather than making personnel changes.