DEPTH CHARTIN': ILLINOIS

By RossWB on November 19, 2019 at 8:00 am
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A new depth chart for a new week -- and one that sees the return of some familiar faces in several places. 

  OFFENSE     DEFENSE  
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 TYLER GOODSON (Fr) MEKHI SARGENT (Jr)
TOREN YOUNG (Jr) 
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) BRANDON SMITH (Jr) 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 NATE WIETING (Sr) SAM LAPORTA (Fr) MLB KRISTIAN WELCH (Sr) DILLON DOYLE (RS Fr) or 
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) JULIUS BRENTS (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 RILEY MOSS (So) 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: 

  • Welcome to the starter role, Tyler Goodson. Goodson started the game against Minnesota on Saturday and now the depth chart reflects his new role as Iowa's top back. If Saturday's performance was a taste of what we can expect out of Goodson as Iowa's starting RB, we're in for some very exciting times. 
     
  • Welcome back, Brandon Smith! Smith's name has been MIA from the depth chart since after he suffered an injury late in the Penn State game, but he's back this week, listed as the backup to Tyrone Tracy, Jr. Smith was suited up for the Minnesota game and played one snap, though he wasn't targeted. Getting him back for the last few games of the season is a very welcome development, although Tracy played very well in Smith's absence over the last month. 
     
  • Nate Wieting is back on the top line at tight end, after making his return in the Minnesota game. Wieting played 35 snaps in that game, most among all tight ends. Beyer played 26 snaps in that game, with LaPorta getting on the field for 18 snaps, though it's LaPorta who's listed as the second-string TE on this depth chart. 
     
  • Another week, another unchanged offensive line -- hooray! After the constant rotation early in the year, Iowa's OL has finally found some consistency (and better health). While we'd still like to see them continue to improve, it's good to see that Iowa has found a solid top five at OL. 
     
  • No changes on the DL listings and the only item of note there is probably that VanValkenberg and Waggoner continue to be listed ahead of Joe Evans on the two-deeps. Evans played in 12 snaps on Saturday, compared to five apiece for Waggoner and VanValkenberg. 
     
  • Kristian Welch made his return to the lineup on Saturday, so he unsurprisingly makes his return to the top of the depth chart at MLB here. Welch had a fantastic game on Saturday for the most part, so seeing him back is a definite relief. 
     
  • Dane Belton played 56 snaps in the "cash" position on Saturday, but the depth chart still doesn't have a spot for him, which is perhaps a strong indication of just how much stock we should put into the depth chart.
     
  • Riley Moss got the start on Saturday with Michael Ojemudia still nursing an injury so it's no surprise to see him listed as the starter at RCB here. His move to the starting job does bring Julius Brents back into the two-deeps as Matt Hankins' understudy at LCB. Brents has played sparingly (if at all) this season and there's been talk of him redshirting this season, though he'd likely be able to do that even if he did play in one of Iowa's final few games of the season. 
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