DEPTH CHARTIN': MINNESOTA

By RossWB on November 9, 2021 at 10:09 am
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You know how usually these posts are an exercise in minor changes, the equivalent of moving the deck chairs on your patio a few feet to the left? Yeah, that's not the case this week. Friends, we have a very big and very notable change to talk about.

  OFFENSE     DEFENSE  
POS FIRST STRING SECOND STRING POS FIRST STRING SECOND STRING
QB ALEX PADILLA (So)  DEUCE HOGAN (RS Fr) DE JOHN WAGGONER (Jr) JOE EVANS (Jr)
RB TYLER GOODSON (Jr) GAVIN WILLIAMS (RS Fr) 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 JACK PLUMB (Jr) TYLER ELSBURY (RS Fr) 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 JERMARI HARRIS (So) XAVIOR WILLIAMS (Sr)
      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) GAVIN WILLIAMS (RS Fr) PR CHARLIE JONES (Jr) MAX COOPER (Sr)

A few thoughts: 

  • THAT'S ALEX PADILLA'S MUSIC! For the first time in two seasons, someone other than Spencer Petras is listed as QB1 for Iowa. Ferentz was somewhat noncommital about who would be Iowa's QB against Minnesota this week in his post-game comments on Saturday, but at least in terms of the depth chart the answer is pretty clear.

    Perhaps more telling is the fact that Petras isn't even listed as QB2 -- instead we've got the first appearance of Deuce Hogan in the two-deeps. Look, this change is clearly injury-motivated -- Petras took a big hit on his shoulder near the end of the Wisconsin game and it certainly seemed to have an effect on his performance against Northwestern. He was unable to get much air under any of his passes and looked very limited as a passer. The fact that he's not even listed as QB2 here suggests that that ailment may be more significant than first believed. Ferentz will likely have more to say on Petras' condition during his press conference appearances later today. Depth charts are hardly gospel and if Petras does recover by Saturday, it would hardly be a surprise to see him start for Iowa against Minnesota. But it does seem like all signs are pointing to Alex Padilla getting his first start for Iowa on Saturday afternoon. How Padilla performs -- and how long Petras is out due to injury -- could have a big impact on Iowa's medium- and long-term plans at QB. 
     
  • Gavin Williams remains listed as the primary backup at RB behind Tyler Goodson for the second week in a row, replacing Ivory Kelly-Martin in that role. Kelly-Martin is also dealing with an injury, per reports, though he was in full gear on the sideline against Northwestern on Saturday. Williams has also replaced IKM as the other kick return option with Charlie Jones.
     
  • Tyrone Tracy and Nico Ragaini continue to be listed atop the WR depth chart despite no longer playing even the first or second-most snaps among Iowa's wide receivers. Keagan Johnson led all Iowa WRs with 57 snaps (out of 71 total), followed by Charlie Jones with 37. Ragaini played 27 snaps, followed by Tracy at 24 snaps. Arland Bruce IV got 19 snaps. Considering that Johnson is leading Iowa's WRs in yards and yards per catch (and that 11 of his 13 catches this season have come in Iowa's last four games), it certainly seems like he's becoming Iowa's WR1, even if the depth chart isn't yet reflecting that reality. 
     
  • One change at OL, where Mason Richman is out at LT, replaced by Jack Plumb. Richman left the Northwestern game with a leg injury; hopefully Ferentz can provide an update on the severity of that injury later today. In his absence, Jack Plumb takes over at LT, with Tyler Elsbury serving as the backup to both LT and RT. There wasn't much rotation for Iowa at the OL on Saturday: Linderbaum and Schott played all 71 snaps, while Colby played 63 and Plumb ended up playing 62 snaps. Nick DeJong rounded out the starters with 57 snaps. Richman played 23 snaps before exiting due to injury and Justin Britt played in just 8 snaps. 
     
  • No changes along the DL, where Iowa used seven players pretty extensively against Northwestern. ZVV led the way with 61 snaps (out of 79 total). Joe Evans (48), Lukas Van Ness (43), and John Waggoner (40) all played 40+ snaps, while Noah Shannon (36), Logan Lee (35), and Yahya Black (31) all played 30+ snaps. Deontae Craig got the remaining snaps (15). 
     
  • There's also no change in the secondary, which means that Riley Moss and Terry Roberts are still MIA from the two-deeps. Again, hopefully Ferentz will provide an update on their status during his press appearances today. In the absence of Moss and Roberts, Jermari Harris remains the CB starter opposite Matt Hankins, while Xavior Williams remains the backup to both Harris and Hankins. Practically speaking, though, it seems like Kaevon Merriweather and Dane Belton are being relied on to pick up the other DB snaps in the secondary. Hankins and Harris were the only CBs to play against Northwestern (all 79 snaps), while Belton and Koerner also saw every defensive snap. Merriweather was on the field for 51 snaps as well. 

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