It's the first depth chart of an actual gameweek, friends! Honest-to-God Iowa football is just around the corner! Maybe. Probably. Assuming Jeff Brohm's positive COVID test doesn't presage bad news about more infections on the Purdue roster. But let's not worry about that for now, and take a peek at Iowa's listed depth chart to play Our Most Hated Rival.
|POS||FIRST STRING||SECOND STRING||POS||FIRST STRING||SECOND STRING|
|QB||SPENCER PETRAS (So)||ALEX PADILLA (RS Fr)||DE||CHAUNCEY GOLSTON (Sr)||LOGAN LEE (RS Fr)|
|RB||TYLER GOODSON (So)||
MEKHI SARGENT (Sr) /
IVORY KELLY-MARTIN (Jr)
|DT||DAVIYON NIXON (Jr)||
JACK HEFLIN (Sr)
NOAH SHANNON (So)
|FB||MONTE POTTEBAUM (So)||TURNER PALLISSARD (So)||DT||AUSTIN SCHULTE (Sr)||JOHN WAGGONER (So)|
|WR||BRANDON SMITH (Sr)||TYRONE TRACY, JR (So)||DE||ZACH VANVALKENBURG (Sr)||JOE EVANS (So)|
|WR||IHMIR SMITH-MARSETTE (Sr)||NICO RAGAINI (So)||LEO / CASH||BARRINGTON WADE (Sr)||DANE BELTON (So)|
|TE||SAM LAPORTA (So)||SHAUN BEYER (Sr)||MLB||JACK CAMPBELL (So)||SETH BENSON (So)|
|LT||ALARIC JACKSON (Sr)||JACK PLUMB (So)||WLB||NICK NIEMANN (Sr)||JESTIN JACOBS (RS Fr)|
|LG||COLE BANWART (Sr)||CODY INCE (So)||LCB||MATT HANKINS (Sr)||JULIUS BRENTS (So)|
|C||TYLER LINDERBAUM (So)||JUSTIN BRITT (RS Fr)||FS||JACK KOERNER (Jr)||KAEVON MERRIWEATHER (So)|
|RG||KYLER SCHOTT (Jr)||LUKE EMPEN (So)||SS||DANE BELTON (So)||SEBASTIAN CASTRO (RS Fr)|
|RT||COY CRONK (Sr)||MARK KALLENBERGER (Jr)||RCB||RILEY MOSS (Jr)||TERRY ROBERTS (So)|
|K||KEITH DUNCAN (Sr)||CALEB SHUDAK (Sr)||P||TORY TAYLOR (Fr)||
RYAN GERSONDE (JR)
NICK PHELPS (So)
|KR||IHMIR SMITH-MARSETTE (Sr)||--||PR||MAX COOPER (Sr)||--|
A few thoughts:
Unsurprisingly, there are almost no changes here from the depth chart that was released a few weeks ago. The only changes are on the offensive line, where Banwart is now your listed starter at left guard (after being omitted entirely from the two-deeps on that earlier depth chart) and Coy Cronk (CRONK!) has overtaken Kallenberger as the starter at right tackle. Neither of these two moves is unexpected -- Ferentz admitted the Banwart omission was a "whoopsie" a day after the previous depth chart was released and it never seemed likely that a highly-touted, experienced grad transfer like Cronk wasn't going to start, assuming he was healthy. The "whoopsie" re: Banwart should probably be a reminder to us all not to take the depth chart as any sort of holy writ, though; these are likely just what a football staffer jots down and they get only a cursory review from the people in charge.
There is clear good news about the lack of changes on the depth chart, though: it means that these players -- very very important players for Iowa's hopes of having a successful football team this season -- have managed to not test positive for COVID-19 in the past few weeks. That's good to see. It's still going to be a Herculean task for the Iowa program to try and manage exposure to the coronavirus over the next two months, but at least the news is good for the moment.
- In terms of what's listed here versus what we'll see on the field on Saturday, I think the most interesting questions are on defense. Are Schulte and Nixon really the starters at defensive tackle? How much playing time will Heflin see? How much of the "cash" position will we see? Which defensive backs will play the most? And can any of them slow down Rondale Moore and David Bell?
What about you? What are you most curious about seeing on Saturday?