Iowa's Week 3 depth chart for the upcoming Cy-Hawk throwdown with Iowa State is out and it... looks a lot like the Week 1 and Week 2 depth charts. No shock there.
|POS||FIRST STRING||SECOND STRING||POS||FIRST STRING||SECOND STRING|
|QB||NATHAN STANLEY (Sr)||SPENCER PETRAS (RS Fr)||DE||CHAUNCEY GOLSTON (Jr)||JOHN WAGGONER (RS Fr)|
|RB||MEKHI SARGENT (Jr)||
TOREN YOUNG (Jr)
IVORY KELLY-MARTIN (Jr)
|DT||CEDRICK LATTIMORE (Sr)||DAVIYON NIXON (So)|
|FB||BRADY ROSS (Sr)||TURNER PALLISSARD (RS Fr)||DT||BRADY REIFF (Sr)||
AUSTIN SCHULTE (Jr)
NOAH SHANNON (RS Fr)
|WR||BRANDON SMITH (Jr)||TYRONE TRACY, JR (RS Fr)||DE||A.J. EPENESA (Jr)||
AMANI JONES (Sr)
ZACH VANVALKENBURG (Jr)
|WR||IHMIR SMITH-MARSETTE (Jr)||NICO RAGAINI (RS Fr)||WLB / CASH||NICK NIEMANN (Jr) / BARRINGTON WADE (Jr)||D.J. JOHNSON (RS Fr)|
|TE||NATE WIETING (Sr)||SHAUN BEYER (Jr)||MLB||KRISTIAN WELCH (Sr)||DILLON DOYLE (RS Fr)|
|LT||TRISTAN WIRFS (Jr)||MARK KALLENBERGER (So)||OLB||DJIMON COLBERT (So)||NICK NIEMANN (Jr)|
|LG||LANDAN PAULSEN (Sr)||CODY INCE (RS Fr)||CB||MICHAEL OJEMUDIA (Sr)||D.J. JOHNSON (RS Fr)|
|C||TYLER LINDERBAUM (RS Fr)||COLE BANWART (Jr)||FS||JACK KOERNER (So)||GENO STONE (Jr)|
|RG||KYLER SCHOTT (So)||JUSTIN BRITT (Fr)||SS||GENO STONE (Jr)||WES DVORAK (Sr)|
|RT||LEVI PAULSEN (Sr)||JACK PLUMB (RS Fr)||CB||MATT HANKINS (Jr)||TERRY ROBERTS (RS Fr)|
|LS||JACKSON SUBBERT (Sr)||NATE VEJVODA (Sr)|
CALEB SHUDAK (Jr) /
KEITH DUNCAN (Jr)
|--||P||MICHAEL SLEEP-DALTON (Sr)||COLTEN RASTETTER (Sr)|
|KR||IHMIR SMITH-MARSETTE (Jr)||IVORY KELLY-MARTIN (Jr)||PR||NICO RAGAINI (RS Fr)||IHMIR SMITH-MARSETTE (Jr)|
A few thoughts:
The most notable change is probably at FS, where Jack Koerner is now listed as the starter. That was the case on Saturday as well, as Kaevon Merriweather missed the Rutgers game due to a minor injury. Per Ferentz, Merriweather is also expected to miss the Iowa State game this week. Koerner played pretty well in relief of Merriweather, though Brock Purdy will be much stiffer test for him (and the rest of Iowa's secondary) than McLane Carter and Arthur Sitkowski were.
Geno Stone is listed as Koerner's backup in addition to being the starting strong safety. Can we wrap him in bubble wrap until Saturday? Speaking of injuries, though, Ferentz also said that Stone's injury situation looked positive; he exited the Rutgers game with an apparent leg injury, but he worked out on Sunday and seems fine for the weekend.
The other most notable thing about the depth chart are some of the now-absent names among the two-deeps. Peyton Mansell is no longer listed as an OR option with Spencer Petras at QB2, suggesting that The California Kid has cemented his role as Iowa's primary backup quarterback. (That's reinforced by the fact that Petras is the only non-Stanley QB to see action over the first two weeks.) Drew Cook is also no longer listed as co-backup at tight end; Shaun Beyer is the only listed backup to Nate Wieting now.
These two-deeps do see the return of Cole Banwart -- though in a somewhat unexpected location, as the backup center to Tyler Linderbaum. Banwart was Iowa's starting right guard through most of the offseason but an untimely injury during fall camp opened the way for walk-on Kyler Schott and the Paulsen twins to carve out more playing time at the guard positions. We'll have to see if a healthy Banwart can work his way back into the rotation there as the season progresses.
Despite being listed as the starter at WR, Ihmir Smith-Marsette actually saw only the fourth-most snaps on Saturday (24), behind Brandon Smith (47), Nico Ragaini (44), and Tyrone Tracy (36). He certainly made the most of those snaps, though.
Speaking of snap counts, there wasn't much rotation at defensive end on Saturday. A.J. Epenesa played 41 of 49 snaps, while Chauncey Golston played 39 of 49 snaps. John Waggoner had seven snaps and Zach VanValkenburg had six snaps. There was much more rotation at defensive tackle, where three players had over 20 snaps each: Daviyon Nixon (26), Cedrick Lattimore (23), and Brady Reiff (23). Austin Schulte also had 10 snaps and Noah Shannon was in for 7 snaps.
- There wasn't much rotation among the defensive back seven, either -- Djimon Colbert (44), Nick Niemann (43), Kristian Welch (41), Jack Koerner (44), Geno Stone (43), Matt Hankins (41), and Michael Ojemudia (41). Of course, Iowa's secondary has been one of the position units most impacted by injury, with Merriweather, Julius Brents, and Riley Moss all missing time so far this season due to injury.