DEPTH CHARTIN': MARYLAND

By RossWB on September 29, 2021 at 8:08 am
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Brace yourself, there are some big changes to the Iowa football two-deeps this week... 

  OFFENSE     DEFENSE  
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 LUKE ELKIN (Fr) AUSTIN SPIEWAK (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)

...that's right, folks: there's a new starting long-snapper, freshman Luke Elkin. Whew. Hope you were sitting down for that newsbomb. 

  • Yes, really, that is the only change to the two-deeps from last week. (At least so far as I can see.)
     
  • So let's talk snap counts instead. 
     
  • Iowa's offense only ran 56 plays versus Colorado State, so it's no surprise that there wasn't much action for the non-Goodson running backs. Tyler saw action on 43 snaps, while Kelly-Martin was in for 10 snaps, and Gavin Williams filled in for two snaps at the end of the game. Of mild interest? Iowa used a fullback on 26 of those 56 plays, but the snap-count was split evenly between Pottebaum and Pallissard, with each guy getting 13 snaps. Pottebaum has tended to dominate the FB snaps, so I'm not sure if this was a performance issue or an injury issue. 
     
  • Tracy dominated the WR snaps, as usual, with action on 44 of Iowa's 56 offensive plays. There was more rotation and variety behind him, though; Charlie Jones had 28 snaps and Nico Ragaini had 23 snaps, while Arland Bruce IV had 13 snaps and Keagan Johnson had 11 snaps (and he made the most of them!). The numbers were down a bit for Iowa's receivers because Iowa used fullbacks more (26 snaps, as noted above) and also used more two-tight end sets -- LaPorta was on the field for 54 snaps, but Lachey also logged 22 snaps. 
     
  • It was a pretty lousy day overall for the Iowa offensive line on Saturday, but perhaps some tweaks to the rotation will improve that. There were three fixtures on Saturday: Linderbaum and Richman (all 56 snaps), plus Ince (52 snaps). Behind them Nick DeJong had 40 snaps, while Colby had 33 snaps, Schott and 27 snaps, and Plumb had 19 snaps. Interestingly, Plumb was Iowa's highest-graded OL of the week, so perhaps he's due for some more action. Schott's snap count should continue to rise as he gets more fit as well. Colby, Richman, and DeJong all struggled quite a bit on Saturday, so it will be interesting to watch their playing time going forward. They're all young, so better days should be ahead, but how many growing pains can Iowa endure from them this year? 
     
  • The Iowa defense faced 79 snaps (!), so unsurprisingly there was quite a bit of rotation on that side of the ball, especially up front. VanValkenburg led the way in snaps played with 63. Waggoner (48), Lee (41), and Shannon (41) saw the next-most action after ZVV. But Van Ness (34), Black (31), and Evans (30) also saw a lot of playing time. Craig was the next man in with 18 snaps after that. Right now Iowa has a solid 7-man rotation at DL, with Craig available to grab a few snaps as the eighth man in that rotation. It's working gangbusters so far. 
     
  • All three Iowa linebackers were on the field a lot on Saturday -- Campbell unsurprisingly played all 79 defensive snaps, but Jacobs also played 75 snaps and Benson was out there for 73 snaps, too. That's a lot of 3-LB sets for Iowa's defense. 
     
  • So who did that playing time come at the expense of? Not Dane Belton -- Iowa's "cash" man also played all 79 snaps against Colorado State. But he was playing a lot of those at strong safety in place of Kaevon Merriweather, who was on the field for just 10 snaps all game. Aside from that, Iowa's secondary was steady as she goes: Hankins, Moss, and Koerner all played 78 snaps in the game. 

Thoughts? Concerns? Let us know in the comments. 

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