For most people when they hear human chin and catch phrase generator Jon Rothstein say “This is March” they think “ah yeah, it’s NCAA Tournament time, baby.” For me I think “Ah yes, gimme those sweet spring ball depth charts.” Iowa satisfied my need today by giving us the spring football depth chart:
|POS||FIRST STRING||SECOND STRING||POS||FIRST STRING||SECOND STRING|
|QB||SPENCER PETRAS (Jr)||ALEX PADILLA (So)||DE||JOHN WAGGONER (Jr)||JOE EVANS (Jr)|
|RB||TYLER GOODSON (So)||
IVORY KELLY-MARTIN (Sr)
||DT||NOAH SHANNON (Jr)||LOGAN JONES (RS Fr)|
|FB||MONTE POTTEBAUM (Jr)||TURNER PALLISSARD (Jr)||DT||YAHYA BLACK (RS Fr)||LOGAN LEE (So)|
|WR||TYRONE TRACY JR. (Jr)||MAX COOPER (Sr)||DE||ZACH VANVALKENBURG (Sr)||CHRIS REAMES (So)|
|WR||NICO RAGAINI (Jr)||CHARLIE JONES (Sr)||LEO / CASH||DANE BELTON (Jr)||LOGAN KLEMP (Jr)|
|TE||SAM LAPORTA (Jr)||LUKE LACHEY (RS Fr)||MLB||SETH BENSON (Jr)||JAY HIGGINS (So)|
|LT||JACK PLUMB (Jr)||MASON RICHMAN (RS Fr)||WLB||JACK CAMPBELL (Jr)||JESTIN JACOBS (So)|
|LG||KYLER SCHOTT (Sr)||TYLER ELSBURY (RS Fr)||LCB||MATT HANKINS (Sr)||JERMARI HARRIS (So)|
|C||TYLER LINDERBAUM (Jr)||NOAH FENSKE (So)||FS||JACK KOERNER (Sr)||QUINN SCHULTE (So)|
|RG||JUSTIN BRITT (So)||JOSH VOLK (RS Fr)||SS||KAEVON MERRIWEATHER (Jr)||REGGIE BRACY (So)|
|RT||CODY INCE (Jr)||NICK DEJONG (So)||RCB||RILEY MOSS (Sr)||TERRY ROBERTS (Jr)|
|K||CALEB SHUDAK (Sr)||P||TORY TAYLOR (So)|
|KR||CHARLIE JONES (Sr)||--||PR||CHARLIE JONES (Jr)||--|
You’re not going to see any earth-shattering changes here because with extremely rare exceptions (see: post TaxSlayer Bowl), Kirk Ferentz likes to keep his spring ball depth charts vanilla and consistent.
So, on the offensive side of the ball, there are no surprises with the skill positions. Goodson is your starter and IKM is the full #2, with Mekhi Sargent’s graduation. Brandon Smith and ISM graduating makes it the Tyrone Tracy show at WR and while Ragaini is #2, I think they’re going to be looking for more size this fall so that he can continue to work out of the slot.
Lots of movement on the offensive line, as Iowa lost three starters to graduation. Plumb, who backed up Alaric Jackson last season, is now your starter at left tackle. Schott, who was previously at right guard is now on the left side of the ball and Justin Britt, who has been hyped since before he arrived on campus, is your starting right guard. Cody Ince takes Coy Cronk’s place and a number of younger guys are in the backup spots. Linderbaum will continue to be your starter until he graduates (or leaves for the NFL).
Caleb Shudak is now your starting kicker. Shudak has handled kickoff duties for some time now and always had a stronger leg than Keith Duncan but, as we know, it’s not all about strength.
The defensive line lost three starters but the guys replacing them are familiar to us, as we knew they’d be named starters. Waggoner and Shannon have only been held back by NFL-level players in Chauncey Golston and Daviyon Nixon and now it’s their time to shine.
WE HAVE A YAHYA BLACK ALERT. Black is the only freshman listed as a starter on the depth chart and it’s probably because he’s 6’5", 280 pounds. The coaches obviously see something in him and I can’t wait to find out what it is.
Dane Belton takes over the LEO role and Seth Benson returns at middle linebacker. Jack Campbell takes over for Nick Niemann at weakside linebacker.
Iowa’s secondary is the exact same as it was to end last year: Hankins, Koerner, Merriweather, and Moss. The only real difference is the absence of Julius Brents, who transferred to Kansas State.
Tory Taylor will hopefully be Iowa’s punter for the next decade.
Honestly, there aren’t any surprises with this depth chart. It’s basically like last year’s departures had their place taken by their backups. Things will look different in August.
BONUS: MOON ME
A few years back Northwestern gave Pat Fitzgerald the title of “Dan and Susan Jones Family Head Football Coach” because there’s nothing that boosters love more when things are named after them. I think we universally made fun of Northwestern doing this. Well, now the egg is on our face:
We have officially moved into naming the head coach after someone territory at Iowa. pic.twitter.com/da33PY4yhq— Go Iowa Awesome (@IowaAwesome) March 29, 2021
That’s right. It’s now Moon Family Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz. Moon Family. I guess it could be worse. It could be Butt Family Head Football Coach. (Please Jake Butt give a bunch of money to Michigan so it will be Butt Family Head Coach Jim Harbaugh please Jake Butt I beg of you)