New week, new depth chart. Very few changes this week, which is no surprise given that Iowa is 2-0 with wins over a pair of Top 25 opponents and has avoided significant injuries so far. (*knock on every available piece of wood*) Still, let's look at this week's 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 (Jr)||IVORY KELLY-MARTIN (Sr)||DT||NOAH SHANNON (Jr)||LUKAS VAN NESS (RS Fr)|
|FB||MONTE POTTEBAUM (Jr)||TURNER PALLISSARD (Jr)||DT||LOGAN LEE (So)||YAHYA BLACK (RS Fr)|
|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)||KYLER SCHOTT (Sr)||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 among the offensive skill position players. Tyler Goodson was in for 41 of Iowa's 61 plays on offense, while Ivory Kelly-Martin was in on 19 snaps. Monte Pottebaum saw action on 25 snaps, including two memorable carries. Among receivers, Tyrone Tracy continues to get the most snaps by far -- he played on 57 of Iowa's 61 offensive snaps. Charlie Jones saw the next-most action among Iowa's receivers, with 37 snaps, followed by Nico Ragaini at 32 snaps. Sam LaPorta also saw a lot of action (56 snaps), although Luke Lachey was on the field for 22 snaps as well.
The only change for Iowa's offensive two-deeps is in the offensive line, where Kyler Schott makes his first appearance of the season as the backup at RG. His absence has been keenly felt through two games this season, so if he's able to play some minutes this weekend, that could be a welcome boost to Iowa's offensive line. In terms of usage, Tyler Linderbaum played every offensive snap for Iowa and was mostly quite good. Mason Richman also played every offensive snap, but was not as good; he particularly struggled in pass protection. Nick DeJong, Richman's counterpart at tackle, played 52 of 61 snaps, but he too struggled. (As did Jack Plumb, who played the remaining nine snaps at offensive tackle.) Iowa needs to get better play out of its tackles and soon. There was a three-man rotation at guard, with Cody Ince playing 57 snaps, Justin Britt playing 41 snaps, and Connor Colby playing 20 snaps. The guards graded out better than the tackles did, but there's room for improvement among all of Iowa's offensive linemen. It will be interesting to see who Schott takes snaps away from if he is able to play this weekend.
The only change for Iowa's defensive two-deeps is in the defensive line, where Logan Lee and Yahya Black flipped the starter/backup roles. Iowa continues to rotate heavily on the defensive line, though, especially at the tackle position where Lee, Black, Noah Shannon, and Lukas Van Ness are all playing a lot of snaps. On Saturday, Van Ness led the way with 38 snaps, followed by Lee and Shannon with 26 snaps, while Black had 25 snaps. At end the major players were Zach VanValkenburg (53 snaps), John Waggoner (40), and Joe Evans (37). Ethan Hurkett (17), Deontae Craig (16), and Louie Stec (9) also saw time on Saturday. Hard to have many complaints with how the defensive line rotation is working out thus far.
No changes at linebacker, where Iowa's top three (Campbell, Benson, Jacobs) is very clear. Campbell played all 72 defensive snaps on Saturday, while Benson was in for 62 snaps. Jacobs played only 29 snaps, but he was extremely impactful in his time on the field. The next few weeks could be an opportunity for him to earn more playing time, which would be exciting based on what he's done so far.
No changes in the secondary either, where things are very settled. Matt Hankins and Jack Koerner played all 72 snaps on Saturday, while Moss played 67 snaps, with Terry Roberts grabbing the remaining five snaps. Jermari Harris also got 13 snaps when Iowa wanted to get even more defensive backs on the field. Kaevon Merriweather (58) and Dane Belton (55) each played 50+ snaps as well.
- And, of course, no changes at all on special teams. That unit is very much not broken (minus one faulty snap on a field goal try on Saturday), so there's no need to monkey with things. Let Taylor, Shudak, and Jones cook.