Every Tuesday night we will take a look at the Iowa Hawkeyes football roster, and share which way certain players on this year's squad are trending. Some may have their stock going up through the year, and others may be spiraling in the opposite direction. The ones not mentioned are standing pat at their current status or just didn't make it to the top of the list in either category.
Five up, and five down.
A look at what Iowa players are rising in performance or depth chart status.
He's not listed as a starter on the depth chart for the opener but Croston has been raved about by people close to the program, as well as head coach Kirk Ferentz and offensive coordinator Greg Davis. He isn't atop the offensive tackle pecking order, but was impressive enough to earn reps in fall camp with the first unit at times.
Iowa knew what they had in their first three wideouts, but was in search of the next two or three on the depth chart throughout fall camp. Riley McCarron claaimed that fourth spot, and will be a factor on special teams also as a returner.
It was thought that the three starting linebackers would be Josey Jewell, Ben Niemann, and Bo Bower. Two of them are, but Fisher claimed the weakside linebacker spot instead of Bower. Because Bower played so well in the scrimmage on Kids' Day, Fisher must be really making a charge in the few weeks of practice leading up to the contest against Illinois State.
There wasn't much room to go for King to go up, being a key contributor from last year's defense. Despite that, he's been on of the top players in action available to the media and will be the primary returner on special teams.
Instead of the few other returning wideouts, freshman Jerminic Smith claimed the fifth wide receiver spot in what will be his first game of college football. Freshman James Daniels could also be placed here, as he's listed on the two-deep at offensive guard.
Though he had a great scrimmage on Kids' Day inside Kinnick Stadium Bower has to make the list for losing the battle at weakside linebacker to Cole Fisher. He should still get some meaningful playing time and be the first guy off the bench at the position, but he won't open up the game on defense in the opener.
The sophomore running back makes this part of the list because it has become readily apparent that the third running back on the team for Iowa this upcoming season is Derrick Mitchell. Losing the battle to a converted wideout shuffles him down the pecking order in the backfield.
His standing has remained the same, the starting left tackle for the first contest against Illinois State. However, he went through struggles to get where he is. He got beat often in the open scrimmage and they shuffled in other offensive tackles with the ones during fall camp.
He didn't figure to be amongst the first set of guys at wide receiver for the Iowa Hawkeyes, and he's still battling through the miscues on special teams at the end of last season. He's no longer a starting returner on special teams.
His drop isn't a significant one, and may be more of a result of the play of the true freshmen at wideout, but Jay Scheel failed to lock up the fourth and fifth wide receiver spots on the team this year. He'll have to battle to get meaningful snaps during this season.