New week, new depth chart... although "new" is used loosely here because, uh, there really aren't many changes to this week's depth chart against Colorado State compared to last week's two-deeps for the Kent State game. So long as Iowa continues to stay healthy and win games comfortably, things probably aren't going to change much on the two-deeps. But let's look at a few things 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||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)||LUKE ELKIN (Fr)|
|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:
Maybe the biggest eyebrow-raiser from this week's depth chart is that Ivory Kelly-Martin is still listed as the RB2 behind Goodson. IKM fumbled the ball twice against Kent State last weekend and while just one of them was lost, that was still his third fumble in three games this season. That's... not good. Especially on a team that zealously emphasizes the importance of ball security. IKM played 10 snaps on Saturday, but did not see the field (to my recollection) after his second fumble. Gavin Williams took over as Iowa's main non-Goodson RB and he looked good in a limited role -- in eight snaps, he had four rushes for 17 yards and also caught three passes for 14 yards. When Goodson needs a breather against Colorado State, is Iowa going to turn to give IKM another chance, or is Gavin going to get the nod? That might be one of the most interesting storylines to watch on Saturday.
Among pass catchers, LaPorta played on 62 of Iowa's 74 offensive snaps; Lachey was in for 25 snaps and Josiah Miamen got four snaps, too. The tight end pecking order is pretty clear and Iowa isn't going to play as many two-tight end sets as they did in 2018 with Hockenson and Fant. Tyrone Tracy paced the wide receivers with 51 snaps, followed by Charlie Jones with 44 and Nico Ragaini with 34. Arland Bruce saw the most among the remaining receivers, with 19 snaps. It's good to see him getting more run.
No changes at OL yet, where Linderbaum and Richman each played 71 of 74 snaps on Saturday. Nick DeJong (62), Cody Ince (53), and Connor Colby (50) rounded out the rest of Iowa's five most-played offensive linemen against Kent State. Justin Britt (24) and Kyler Schott (19) saw the next-most action. Colby continues to get a lot of action despite being listed as a second-team option, while Schott's snap counts should continue to rise as he gets fitter and back into the swing of things.
As usual, Iowa rotated extensively on the defensive line on Saturday. VanValkenburg led the way by playing 45 of Iowa's 69 (nice) defensive snaps, but no other Hawkeye defensive lineman topped 40 snaps. Waggoner (39), Evans (36), Shannon (33), Lee (33), and Van Ness (32) each cracked 30 snaps apiece, followed by Black (20) and Craig (19) at around 20 snaps apiece. Iowa's getting a lot of guys involved on the defensive line and, thus far, the results have been pretty excellent.
At linebacker, Jack Campbell played almost every snap Saturday -- 65 of 69 snaps. Jestin Jacobs saw his most action of the year (30 snaps), while Seth Benson saw his least amount of action (29 snaps). They essentially split the snaps at OLB while Dane Belton played almost every snap (65) at cash.
- In addition to Belton playing almost every snap at cash, Iowa's other top four defensive backs also played basically the entire game -- Hankins, Moss, and Koerner each played 65 snaps, with Merriweather playing "just" 64 snaps.
Thoughts? Questions? Concerns? Let 'em rip in the comments.