The dust has settled from Iowa's loss to Michigan and there's no rest for the weary with a primetime showdown with Penn State looming this weekend. There are a few new (or returning) faces on the depth chart for that game, so let's take a look at it:
|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)
TYLER GOODSON (Fr)
|DT||CEDRICK LATTIMORE (Sr)||DAVIYON NIXON (So)|
|FB||BRADY ROSS (Sr)||TURNER PALLISSARD (RS Fr)||DT||AUSTIN SCHULTE (Jr)||
BRADY REIFF (Sr)
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)||LEO / CASH||NICK NIEMANN (Jr)||BARRINGTON WADE (Jr)|
|TE||NATE WIETING (Sr)||SHAUN BEYER (Jr)||MLB||KRISTIAN WELCH (Sr)||DILLON DOYLE (RS Fr)|
|LT||ALARIC JACKSON (Jr)||MARK KALLENBERGER (So)||WLB||DJIMON COLBERT (So)||SETH BENSON (RS Fr)|
|LG||LANDAN PAULSEN (Sr)||CODY INCE (RS Fr)||CB||MICHAEL OJEMUDIA (Sr)||JULIUS BRENTS (So)|
|C||TYLER LINDERBAUM (RS Fr)||JEFF JENKINS (RS Fr)||FS||JACK KOERNER (So)||KAEVON MERRIWEATHER (So)|
|RG||COLE BANWART (Jr)||LEVI PAULSEN (Sr)||SS||GENO STONE (Jr)||WES DVORAK (Sr)|
|RT||TRISTAN WIRFS (Jr)||JACK PLUMB (RS Fr)||CB||D.J. JOHNSON (RS Fr)||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:
Another week, another set of changes to the OL -- although in this case, the changes are just a matter of reflecting the OL that started the game against Michigan. It also happens to be the OL that figured to be Iowa's best lineup entering the season: Jackson-Paulsen-Linderbaum-Banwart-Wirfs. That unit struggled against Michigan, but hopefully with another week of practice and improved continuity, we'll see better results moving forward. Jackson continuing shaking off the rust from his month-long absence should also be beneficial and it's a relief that Banwart's injury (which caused him to exit the Michigan game) doesn't appear to be too serious, as Iowa's OL struggled even more when he left the field on Saturday.
The other notable move on offense: BAH GAWD THAT'S TYLER GOODSON'S MUSIC! Goodson was the only real bright spot on offense against Michigan and given that he's continued to play a bigger and bigger role in Iowa's offense each game, it's long overdue that he finally appears on the depth chart. He's been well ahead of Ivory Kelly-Martin in actual snaps all year; now the depth chart finally reflects that reality.
On defense, Brady Reiff is back on the depth chart after a short absence, appearing as a backup DT option to Austin Schulte along with Noah Shannon. Cedrick Lattimore and Daviyon Nixon have been Iowa's best defensive tackles this season, but getting Reiff back as well will be a welcome addition.
Seth Benson also makes his depth chart debut as the as the backup WLB to Djimon Colbert. Iowa's top 3 linebackers (Colbert, Welch, and Niemann) have played over 90% of the snaps at LB this year and will likely continue to do so, but Benson's appearance here suggests he's flashing some ability in practice, which is a good sign.
- Finally, Julius Brents makes his first appearance on a depth chart this season, backing up Michael Ojemudia at CB. Iowa's cornerback depth chart has been slowly improving each week and getting Brents into the mix there would be good; he saw action against Michigan, but only on special teams.