One final depth chart for Iowa football in the 2021 regular season. The changes on it are minimal, but let's take a look anyway:
|POS||FIRST STRING||SECOND STRING||POS||FIRST STRING||SECOND STRING|
|QB||ALEX PADILLA (So)||SPENCER PETRAS (Jr)||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||KEAGAN JOHNSON (Fr)||TYRONE TRACY, JR (Jr)||DE||ZACH VANVALKENBURG (Sr)||DEONTAE CRAIG (RS Fr)|
|WR||NICO RAGAINI (Jr)||ARLAND BRUCE IV (Fr)||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||JERMARI HARRIS (So)||COOPER DEJEAN (Fr)|
|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||RILEY MOSS (Sr)||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:
The offense two-deeps are unchanged from a week ago. Alex Padilla is still QB1 and Spencer Petras is still QB2.
In WR snap count news, Keagan Johnson was in on 62 of Iowa's 70 offensive snaps. Arland Bruce IV played on 30 snaps, followed by Nico Ragaini on 29 snaps, and Charlie Jones on 28 snaps. Tyrone Tracy got... 6 snaps.
At TE, Luke Lachey played 53 snaps while Sam LaPorta played just 39 snaps. Monte Pottebaum actually filled in at TE in blocking situations at times. I don't think it means anything other than that LaPorta is reportedly dealing with a minor injury situation right now.
Iowa's OL does appear to be settled; all five starters (Plumb, Schott, Linderbaum, Colby, and DeJong, from left-to-right) played all 70 snaps in the game. The blocking has improved from the early weeks of the season, though it's still very much a work-in-progress.
The only change on the defensive two-deeps is at CB, where injuries have (again) forced some movement in the two-deeps. Matt Hankins is out, dealing with an undisclosed injury that also caused him to miss the Illinois game; with Terry Roberts also still out, Jermari Harris is the starter at LCB. Behind him is Cooper DeJean, a true freshman making his first appearance on the depth chart. DeJean was an in-state small school stud in high school and has tremendous athleticism. He's also already appeared in four games this season, so if eh does play on Friday (or in any other games Iowa might play in this year), he won't be able to use a redshirt for this season.
In terms of DL snap counts, VanValkenburg led the way (as usual) by playing on 53 of Iowa's 64 defensive snaps. Beyond there was a lot of rotation: Van Ness (33), Waggoner (31), Evans (29), Shannon (25), Lee (25), Craig (24), Black (17), Reames (6), Stec (6), and Jones (6).
At LB, Jack Campbell played 58 of 64 snaps, followed by Seth Benson at 55 snaps and Jestin Jacobs at 40 snaps.
- In the secondary, Harris played all 64 snaps and Merriweather played 60 snaps, followed by Moss and Belton at 58 snaps. Schulte played 28 snaps, while DeJean and Castro got 6 snaps apiece and Henry Marchese played 4 snaps. Iowa got in the second team defense for a few plays near the end of the game.