So it turns out that when you beat the brakes off a team to the tune of SIXTY-THREE TO ZERO and don't suffer any injuries in the process, your depth chart doesn't really change very much prior to the next game. Pretty shocking stuff, huh? But here we go anyway:
|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||MEKHI SARGENT (So)||
TOREN YOUNG (So) /
IVORY KELLY-MARTIN (So)
|DT||SAM BRINCKS (Sr)||CEDRICK LATTIMORE (Jr)|
|FB||AUSTIN KELLY (Sr)||JOE LUDWIG (So)||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)||DREW COOK (Jr)||MLB||JACK HOCKADAY (Sr)||KRISTIAN WELCH (Jr)|
|TE||T.J. HOCKENSON (So)||NATE WIETING (Sr)||WLB||DJIMON COLBERT (RS Fr)||NICK NIEMANN (So)|
|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)||DALTON FERGUSON (Sr)||FS||JAKE GERVASE (Sr)||GENO STONE (So)|
|RG||COLE BANWART (So)||LEVI PAULSEN (Jr)||CB||MICHAEL OJEMUDIA (Jr)||RILEY MOSS (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||KYLE GROENEWEG (Sr)||IHMIR SMITH-MARSETTE (So)|
A few thoughts:
I wasn't kidding about the "no changes" thing. As best I can tell, the only change on this depth chart from last week's depth chart for the Illinois game is that Nick Niemann is listed in the two-deeps at WLB (as back-up to Djimon Colbert) in addition to his normal listing at OLB (starter ahead of Barrington Wade). Niemann and Colbert split time on the field in the Illinois game as Amani Hooker continued to perform at a high level in his hybrid safety-outside linebacker role. Iowa seems to like a defensive look that has Hooker, Jake Gervase, and Geno Stone on the field at the same time (and with good reason -- the Purdue game aside, the Iowa defense has been pretty stout with that combination this year), which means that there's a real squeeze among Iowa's linebackers. You basically have four players -- Jack Hockaday, Kristian Welch, Nick Niemann, and Djimon Colbert -- competing for two spots.
- Beyond that tweak, though, everything looks the way it did last week. And, hey, there's very much an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" vibe after you beat a team 63-0, so no real complaints here.
Any other thoughts/comments/observations?