New week, new depth chart and for the first time in a few weeks, a change of note, precipitated by an injury on Saturday. Let's get into it.
|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||KYLER SCHOTT (Sr)||CODY INCE (Jr)||LCB||MATT HANKINS (Sr)||XAVIOR WILLIAMS (Sr)|
|C||TYLER LINDERBAUM (Jr)||MATT FAGAN (Jr)||FS||JACK KOERNER (Sr)||QUINN SCHULTE (So)|
|RG||CONNOR COLBY (Fr)||JUSTIN BRITT (So)||SS||KAEVON MERRIWEATHER (Jr)||SEBASTIAN CASTRO (So)|
|RT||NICK DEJONG (So)||TYLER ELSBURY (RS Fr)||RCB||TERRY ROBERTS (Jr)||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)|
A few thoughts:
The most notable change there is, of course, at RCB where Riley Moss is out, replaced by Terry Roberts. Roberts was actually listed as Hankins' backup on the depth chart, but clearly he's the CB3 in Iowa's defense -- and for now he's going to be a starting corner, opposite Matt Hankins. Xavior Williams, a UNI transfer, replaces Roberts on the depth chart.
We haven't received any word about the severity of Moss' injury -- he left the Penn State game in the second quarter after going down holding his knee/lower leg and never returned. We may learn more about his status for the rest of the season at Iowa's media availability later today. Iowa does have a bye week after this week's game against Purdue, which could give Moss a few weeks to heal up for the final five games of the season if he's not dealing with a season-ending injury.
The other injury of note on Saturday was to fullback Monte Pottebaum, who was shaken up and down on the field for a bit, though he did leave the field without assistance. He's still listed as Iowa's starting fullback here, so hopefully that means he's doing well and will be ready to go on Saturday.
No other changes of note on the two-deeps, so let's look at the snap counts a bit more.
Goodson was on the field for 58 of Iowa's 78 offensive snaps on Saturday. Kelly-Martin saw 21 snaps in the game; for the most part he was a like-for-like replacement for Goodson in the game.
LaPorta was on the field for 77 of Iowa's 78 offensive snaps, though Lachey also saw a lot of action -- he was out for 37 snaps on Saturday. Iowa ran a lot of two-tight end sets in the game.
The receiver snaps were divided pretty equitably -- Charlie Jones actually led the team with 40 snaps, followed by Tyrone Tracy with 39, Nico Ragaini with 34, and Keagon Johnson with 32 snaps. Arland Bruce IV had 18 snaps as well.
Iowa went with a seven-man rotation along the OL, although the "rotation" part only applied to the guards. Tyler Linderbaum played all 78 snaps at center and Mason Richman and Nick DeJong played all 78 snaps at the tackle positions, though each struggled at times. Justin Britt (67 snaps) and Kyler Schott (55 snaps) saw the heaviest work at the guard positions, with Cody Ince (24 snaps) and Connor Colby (10 snaps) spelling them at times. Despite Britt playing 67 snaps to Colby's 10 on Saturday, Colby retains the top spot in the two deeps for now. We'll see who ends up playing the most against Purdue.
There wasn't much rotation at the defensive end spots this week; in a high-pressure situation, Iowa rode their starters, Zach VanValkenburg and John Waggoner, pretty heavily. VanValkenburg played 72 of 81 snaps, while Waggoner saw action on 64 snaps. Joe Evans was in for 42 snaps, although some of the snaps from he, ZVV, and Waggoner came at the DT position as well. Deontae Craig was only in for 15 snaps, though he managed to make an impact in his limited playing time, recording a key sack on third down to end a Penn State drive in the second half. Logan Lee and Noah Shannon each played 46 snaps, with Lee in particular having probably his best game as an Iowa player here. Yahya Black (22) and Lukas Van Ness (17) rounded out the snap totals on the defensive line.
Seth Benson has ceded snaps to Jestin Jacobs in recent weeks, but this game saw a heavy dose of Benson -- he was on the field for 77 of 81 defensive snaps and frequently used (pretty effectively) as a blitzer. Jacobs still saw 33 snaps and did record his first career interception. Jack Campbell played all 81 snaps on defense.
- Finally, the secondary featured the usual faces in starring roles: Matt Hankins, Jack Koerner, and Dane Belton each played all 81 defensive snaps. Riley Moss played 39 snaps before being replaced by Terry Roberts for the remaining 42 defensive snaps. Kaevon Merriweather got 52 snaps as he continues to play pretty much only when Jestin Jacobs is off the field.