Did you think there would be changes to the two-deeps after a humbling, lopsided loss to Purdue the last time Iowa football took the field? If you did, you must be new here. Let’s take a peek:
|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:
As best I can tell, there are no changes from the depth chart that Iowa used for the Purdue game a few weeks ago. Granted, the two-deeps doesn’t always reflect actual availability on gameday; the last depth chart listed Luke Lachey, Deontae Craig, and Cody Ince, but none of them played in the Purdue game due to injuries. All three are listed here. Hopefully that means the bye week came at a good time for them and they were able to recover from whatever ailments were bothering them 10 days ago. None of that trio were starters, but all three saw action as rotation pieces; not having Lachey impacted Iowa’s two-tight end sets, while not having Craig gave Iowa fewer options in the DL rotation. Not having Ince also gave Iowa fewer options to rotate at OL. Getting all three healthy and available for this game would be an advantage, if only a slight one.
The most notable missing name is Riley Moss at CB. There was some hope that he might be available to play after the bye week, but he’s not listed here. He still might be available — as noted, these depth charts are hardly etched in stone — and we should know more about his status after Kirk Ferentz’s press conferences later today.
- But beyond that, it’s pretty clear that there are no saviors lurking off the two-deeps, waiting to swoop in and save the day for Iowa this season. To rebound from that dispiriting Purdue loss, Iowa’s going to need to get better play out of the players who have been on the two-deeps week in and week out — not to mention better coaching from the men assembling this depth chart and getting the players on it ready to go during the week. How well Iowa is able to do that will determine whether the Purdue loss was a blip on the way to a memorable season or the first harbinger of a disappointing season.
Thoughts? Concerns? The comments below are your friend.