Iowa Hawkeyes Depth Chart Analysis

Analyzing the first two-deep of the season for Iowa Hawkeyes football.

The Iowa Hawkeyes released their depth chart earlier in the week, and there were no notable surprises, but there were some observations to take from the first two-deep of the season. 

  • Though they do want to use LeShun Daniels and Jordan Canzeri both, and have raved about both, the staff continues to stick with Daniels as the first-team back.
  • The first three wideouts were as expected, but the Riley McCarron compliments were no exaggeration. He's clearly the next guy. They also decided to go with true freshman Jerminic Smith as the fifth receiver over some players that have been in the program longer.
  • George Kittle really emerged throughout fall camp but Henry Krieger-Coble still lays claim to the top tight end spot. Iowa does use two tight ends a majority of the time so it is not as significant.
  • Despite struggles here and there, Boone Myers and Ike Boettger kept their jobs and remain the starting offensive tackles. Cole Croston would likely be the next up on both sides should either need to be replaced. The interior of the offensive line is the strength of the unit with Sean Welsh, Austin Blythe, and Jordan Walsh, but the next two up are Eric Simmons and true freshman James Daniels. The excitement about Daniels appears to be very real.
  • The defensive line is exactly who was predicted to be the starters, though someone to keep an eye on is Matt Nelson. He has a chance to be a good one. The coaching staff likes him a lot. They're replacing two new defensive tackles but the Iowa staff feels good about all four of Nathan Bazata, Jaleel Johnson, Faith Ekakitie, and Kyle Terlouw.
  • Cole Fisher did claim the starting weakside linebacker spot over Bo Bower as the coaches shared before the release of the depth chart. It's a linebacking core that needs to improve from last season but they may be deeper because the Hawkeye coaches have liked what they've seen so far also from Travis Perry and Aaron Mends. In addition, Bo Bower has flashed from time to time as well.
  • The secondary is stacked. There's no real stars in the group, though Desmond King could get to that level, but it's a group that will be very good as a whole.
  • Dillon Kidd is the punter so Marshall Koehn will not be occupying both duties, which had been discussed.
  • Desmond King is the primary returner, followed by Riley McCarron. It shows that they do want to see some change in the special teams facet of the game this seaosn. It will be interesting, though, because it can be a little dangerous having such a significant contributor like King manning that kind of responsibility.

POSITION

FIRST TEAM

SECOND TEAM

QUARTERBACK C.J. BEATHARD TYLER WIEGERS
RUNNING BACK LESHUN DANIELS JORDAN CANZERI
FULLBACK MACON PLEWA ADAM COX
WIDE RECEIVER TEVAUN SMITH JERMINIC SMITH
WIDE RECEIVER MATT VANDEBERG RILEY MCCARRON
WIDE RECEIVER JACOB HILLYER RILEY MCCARRON
TIGHT END HENRY KRIEGER-COBLE GEORGE KITTLE
LEFT TACKLE BOONE MYERS COLE CROSTON
LEFT GUARD SEAN WELSH JAMES DANIELS
CENTER AUSTIN BLYTHE ERIC SIMMONS OR STEVE FERENTZ
RIGHT GUARD JORDAN WALSH ERIC SIMMONS
RIGHT TACKLE IKE BOETTGER KEEGAN RENDER
DEFENSIVE END NATE MEIER MATT NELSON
DEFENSIVE TACKLE JALEEL JOHNSON FAITH EKAKITIE
DEFENSIVE TACKLE NATHAN BAZATA KYLE TERLOUW
DEFENSIVE END DREW OTT PARKER HESSE
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER BEN NIEMANN COLE FISHER OR BO BOWER
MIDDLE LINEBACKER JOSEY JEWELL TRAVIS PERRY
WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER COLE FISHER BO BOWER OR AARON MENDS
LEFT CORNERBACK GREG MABIN MAURICE FLEMING
STRONG SAFETY MILES TAYLOR ANTHONY GAIR
FREE SAFETY JORDAN LOMAX BRANDON SNYDER
RIGHT CORNERBACK DESMOND KING SEAN DRAPER
PUNTER DILLON KIDD MARSHALL KOEHN
KICKER MARSHALL KOEHN MICK ELLIS
PUNT RETURNER DESMOND KING RILEY MCCARRON
KICK RETURNER DESMOND KING, RILEY MCCARRON TEVAUN SMITH OR JONATHAN PARKER


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