Only minor changes to the depth chart ahead of this week's game with Minnesota. At least this team is reasonably healthy?
|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||BRADY REIFF (Sr)||AUSTIN SCHULTE (Jr)|
|WR||TYRONE TRACY, JR (RS Fr)||CALVIN LOCKETT (RS Fr)||DE||A.J. EPENESA (Jr)||ZACH VANVALKENBURG (Jr)|
|WR||IHMIR SMITH-MARSETTE (Jr)||NICO RAGAINI (RS Fr)||LEO / CASH||NICK NIEMANN (Jr)||BARRINGTON WADE (Jr)|
|TE||SHAUN BEYER (Jr)||SAM LAPORTA (Fr)||MLB||DILLON DOYLE (RS Fr)||JACK CAMPBELL (Fr)|
|LT||ALARIC JACKSON (Jr)||JACK PLUMB (RS Fr)||WLB||DJIMON COLBERT (So)||SETH BENSON (RS Fr)|
|LG||LANDAN PAULSEN (Sr)||MARK KALLENBERGER (So)||LCB||MATT HANKINS (Jr)||RILEY MOSS (So)|
|C||TYLER LINDERBAUM (RS Fr)||JEFF JENKINS (RS Fr)||FS||JACK KOERNER (So)||KAEVON MERRIWEATHER (So)|
|RG||KYLER SCHOTT (So)||JUSTIN BRITT (Fr)||SS||GENO STONE (Jr)||WES DVORAK (Sr)|
|RT||TRISTAN WIRFS (Jr)||LEVI PAULSEN (Sr)||RCB||MICHAEL OJEMUDIA (Sr)||D.J. JOHNSON (RS Fr)|
|LS||JACKSON SUBBERT (Sr)||NATE VEJVODA (Sr)|
|K||KEITH DUNCAN (Jr)||CALEB SHUDAK (Jr)||P||MICHAEL SLEEP-DALTON (Sr)||COLTEN RASTETTER (Sr)|
|KR||IHMIR SMITH-MARSETTE (Jr)||DEVONTE YOUNG (Sr)||PR||MAX COOPER (Jr)||GENO STONE (Jr)|
A few thoughts:
Mekhi Sargent still listed as RB1, even though Young (9) and Goodson (5) had more carries than Sargent (4).
Shaun Beyer still listed as the starter at TE, although LaPorta actually got the start versus Wisconsin.
Still no Brandon Smith, although that's not unexpected. If we see Smith before the bowl game, it will be a surprise.
The only change to the OL is the return of Kyler Schott to the starting lineup (which happened in the Wisconsin game) at RG. His return moves Kallenberger to backup LG behind Landan Paulsen. Schott played all 54 snaps for the Iowa offense on Saturday. Wirfs, Jackson, and Linderbaum also played all 54 snaps on the OL. Paulsen played 42 snaps at LG, with Kallenberger seeing the other 12 snaps.
Joe Evans is no longer listed as a backup at DE; he played 3 snaps versus VanValkenberg's 10 snaps on Saturday. Waggoner also played 10 snaps as a backup DE.
Iowa rolled out some 4-linebacker sets against Wisconsin (going with a 4-4-3 formation), which meant more linebackers saw the field in that game. Dillon Doyle played 72 snaps, Djimon Colbert was on the field for 65 snaps, and Nick Niemann was there for 36 snaps. Jack Campbell and Barrington Wade each saw 8 snaps, while Seth Benson got one snap of action as well.
The depth chart continues to not know what to do with Dane Belton, who remains one of Iowa's most-played defenders in the back-seven; he was on the field for 38 snaps against Wisconsin.
While D.J. Johnson is listed as Ojemudia's backup here, it was Riley Moss that replaced Ojemudia against Wisconsin when OJ suffered an injury in that game.
For the first time all year, the kicker spot lists Duncan as the starter and Shudak as the backup, rather than both as co-starters.
- Geno Stone is listed as the backup punt returner behind Max Cooper. I don't think that means a whole lot beyond the fact that we really aren't going to see Ragaini back there this year (and I don't think anyone will be too broken up about that).