The new depth chart is out for Iowa's second game of the season, but it contains precious few changes from Iowa's opening week depth chart. That's not particularly surprising given how Iowa performed in Week One and their general good health. But let's look at it anyway.
|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 (Jr)||IVORY KELLY-MARTIN (Sr)||DT||NOAH SHANNON (Jr)||LUKAS VAN NESS (RS Fr)|
|FB||MONTE POTTEBAUM (Jr)||TURNER PALLISSARD (Jr)||DT||YAHYA BLACK (RS Fr)||LOGAN LEE (Jr)|
|WR||TYRONE TRACY, JR (Jr)||KEAGAN JOHNSON (Fr)||DE||ZACH VANVALKENBURG (Sr)||DEONTAE CRAIG (RS Fr)|
|WR||NICO RAGAINI (Jr)||CHARLIE JONES (Sr)||CASH / LEO||DANE BELTON (Jr)||JESTIN JACOBS (So)|
|TE||SAM LAPORTA (Jr)||LUKE LACHEY (RS Fr)||MLB||JACK CAMPBELL (Jr)||JAY HIGGINS (So)|
|LT||MASON RICHMAN (RS Fr)||JACK PLUMB (Jr)||WLB||SETH BENSON (Jr)||KYLER FISHER (So)|
|LG||CODY INCE (Jr)||TYLER ELSBURY (RS Fr)||LCB||MATT HANKINS (Sr)||TERRY ROBERTS (Jr)|
|C||TYLER LINDERBAUM (Jr)||MATT FAGAN (Jr)||FS||JACK KOERNER (Sr)||QUINN SCHULTE (So)|
|RG||JUSTIN BRITT (So)||JOSH VOLK (RS Fr)||SS||KAEVON MERRIWEATHER (Jr)||SEBASTIAN CASTRO (So)|
|RT||NICK DEJONG (So)||CONNOR COLBY (Fr)||RCB||RILEY MOSS (Sr)||JERMARI HARRIS (So)|
|LS||AUSTIN SPIEWAK (Sr)||LIAM REARDON (Sr)|
|K||CALEB SHUDAK (Sr)||AARON BLOM (RS Fr)||P||TORY TAYLOR (So)||RYAN GERSONDE (Sr)|
|KR||CHARLIE JONES (Sr)||IVORY KELLY-MARTIN (Sr)||PR||CHARLIE JONES (Jr)||MAX COOPER (Sr)|
A few thoughts:
No changes at QB, RB, WR, or TE. The starters/first team players at those positions are pretty entrenched. At RB, Goodson had roughly 2/3 of the snaps and Kelly-Martin had the remaining 1/3 (with the caveat that there were a handful of plays with both on the field and Goodson at QB in a wildcat formation). I'd expect their usage to continue at that ratio as the season progresses, unless Kelly-Martin has further fumbling issues, which could cause Iowa to lean more heavily on Goodson (and possibly open up a few extra carries for Gavin or LeShon Williams).
The pecking order at WR is also pretty clear: Tracy was in on 63 of 66 snaps, while Ragaini was in on 43 and Jones was in for 37 snaps. Jackson Ritter actually saw the next most snaps (14), followed by Keagan Johnson (8) and Arland Bruce IV (5). Tracy's lack of production on Saturday wasn't in any way a result of him not being on the field; we'll have to see if Iowa is able to find more ways to get him the ball moving forward. Johnson and Bruce earned a lot of positive buzz in training camp, but that didn't translate into many snaps in Week One. We'll have to see if they can carve out any more PT for themselves moving forward.
The only actual change on the offensive two-deeps is on the OL, where Mason Richman is now the listed starter at LT, with Jack Plumb the back-up. That's the reverse of how they were listed last week. That change simply reflects who actually played on Saturday, though; Richman was on of the field for 60 of 66 snaps, while Plumb only played 10 snaps. Britt, DeJong, Linderbaum, and Ince all played 57 or more snaps against Indiana, so Iowa's starting five on the OL is clear -- for now. Kyler Schott will take on a lot of the available snaps at one of the OG spots once he's cleared to return. And Iowa's OL was generally a bit meh on Saturday; if that continues, some of the second team options may get more extended looks.
No changes on the two-deeps at DL, but it's worth noting that there were some discrepancies between the two-deep starters and the actual playing time, at least at DT. Yahya Black was (and is) listed as a starter at DT, but he was in on 25 snaps against Indiana; three other DT -- Van Ness (35), Lee (32), and Shannon (31) -- saw more snaps than that. On the other hand, there was a lot of rotation at defensive tackle and they certainly looked effective no matter which combination was in there. If Iowa has strong depth at DT, that will be a great sign for this season. VanValkenburg (51 snaps) and Waggoner (45) saw most of the action at DE; Deontae Craig was in on 22 snaps and Joe Evans was in on 9 snaps. Ethan Hurkett was also listed as seeing 16 snaps. Again, whatever Iowa was doing on the defensive line on Saturday was very very very effective, so there's no need to fix what ain't broken. But it will be interesting to see how the snaps get distributed as the weeks go by.
No changes to the LB two-deeps, either. Campbell (56 snaps) and Benson (44) played the most of Iowa's linebackers, but Jestin Jacobs was also on the field a fair amount (26 snaps), which is encouraging. He definitely made an impact when he was on the field.
The only change to the DB two-deeps is at CB, where Harris and Roberts have flipped sides; Roberts is now listed as backing up Hankins, while Harris is now listed as backing up Moss. There isn't much rotation in the secondary, either -- Hankins, Moss, Koerner, and Merriweather all played 56 or more snaps on Saturday. Belton, Iowa's starter in the "cash" role, also played 59 snaps.
- Also no changes to the special teams two-deeps. Shudak is your PK, Taylor is your P, and Charlie Jones is your main return man. That latter note is good to see, given that Jones got banged up late in the game against Indiana and had to get looked at in the sideline medical tent. Kirk Ferentz indicated that Jones was practicing today, though, and seems to be in line to play on Saturday against Iowa State.
Questions? Comments? Concerns?