The depth chart for Iowa's final regular season game of the year, the Black Friday showdown with Nebraska, is out and, to no one's surprise, it contains few changes from last week's depth chart. Hooray for good health.
|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) /
JOE EVANS (RS Fr)
|RB||TYLER GOODSON (Fr)||
TOREN YOUNG (Jr) /
MEKHI SARGENT (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)|
|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)||D.J. JOHNSON (RS Fr)|
|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)||RILEY MOSS (So)|
|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:
Brandon Smith is still listed as Tracy's backup at WR, as he was last week. Smith saw no action against Illinois, but now that he's had a further week to heal, could we see him against Nebraska? Maybe.
Welcome (back) to the depth chart, Joe Evans! Our favorite late game pass rush specialist appeared on the depth chart a few weeks ago (I think), but is back this week as a co-backup (with John Waggoner) to Chauncey Golston at DE. Evans has been superb in his cameo appearances over the last month, so it's nice to see that reflected here. If A.J. Epenesa goes pro after this season (as is widely expected), Evans and Waggoner will likely be the top two options to replace Epenesa and start opposite Golston next season.
Welcome to the depth chart, Dane Belton! Belton continues to play heavily in the "cash" role, and while that isn't really reflected on the depth chart, he does at least make the two-deeps, as Geno Stone's backup at SS.
- A little musical chairs at CB, where Ojemudia is back as a starter (after he started and played the entire game vs Illinois), with D.J. Johnson and Riley Moss backing up Ojemudia and Matt Hankins. This might be as healthy as Iowa's cornerbacks have been all season.