By Mike Jones on July 22, 2021 at 11:12 am
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© Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Football is in the air, baby.

Big Ten Media Days start today so that means we get a lot of coaches giving scripted answers on player development, fundamental football, Scott Frost going 5-7 and milquetoast explanations on how the NIL is good. We also get the Iowa Football Media Guide, which is packed full of the good stuff like PRESEASON DEPTH CHARTS! From Iowa FB Live:

Taking a closer look on offense:

2021 Offense

Some thoughts:

  • Nothing new at quarterback or running back. Petras is still your starter, Padilla is your backup, Goodson is #1 and IKM takes the spot of Mekhi Sargent.
  • Boy, is there not a lot of size at wide-receiver. Brandon Smith was 6’2", 215 lbs and Ihmir Smith-Marsette was slight, but at least he was 6’1". The Hawks only have one guy over 200 lbs and the tallest guy listed is one time 4-star recruit Keagan Johnson. Methinks Johnson will be seeing a lot of the field this fall.
  • Tyler Linderbaum continues to be the anchor of this line at center and Jack Plumb makes the transition from right tackle to left tackle with the departure of Alaric Jackson. Cody Ince continues to hold down the left guard position and Kyler Schott resumes play at right guard. The only truly fresh face is one-time defensive end Nick DeJong, who has only seen minimal action, primarily on special teams.

Taking a closer look on defense:

2021 Defense

Some thoughts:

These are the same exact starters as in the spring depth chart.

  • There are some fresh faces in the second unit, including Lukas Van Ness, Deontae Craig, Mike Timm and Sebastian Castro.
  • Jacobs and Higgins appeared in the spring depth chart but they’ve changed positions. Jacobs was once listed as the reserve weakside linebacker and is now at Cash/LEO. Higgins, once your backup middle linebacker, has been moved to the weakside. That has opened up the door for Mike Timm, a walk-on redshirt hero.
  • Finally, all is well when we have Tory Taylor. There is nothing to be concerned about with Iowa Football while Tory Taylor is there to save us. All hail Tory.
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