Spring Football: Two Deep Discussions

Kirk Ferentz will meet with the Iowa media today, his first press conference of the spring football session. In advance of today's presser, Iowa released its two-deep roster heading into spring drills. HN.com breaks down the two deep and offers some observations and opinion on what we saw.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz will meet with the media today (Wednesday, March 21st) for his first press conference of the 2007 Spring Practice sessions. In advance of that press conference, Iowa released the 2007 Spring Prospectus, which also includes the spring two-deep rosters.

Here are the two deep rosters, followed by some commentary and observations:


SE 80 ** Andy Brodell 6-3 193 Jr. Ankeny , IA (HS)

89 James Cleveland 6-1 185 #Fr. Baytown, TX (Robert E. Lee)

LT 78 ** Dace Richardson 6-6 306 Jr. Wheaton , IL (Warrenville South)

60 Kyle Calloway 6-7 295 So. Belleville , IL (East)

LG 68 Andy Kuempel 6-7 295 So. Cedar Rapids , IA (Linn-Mar)

74 Dan Doering 6-7 290 So. Barrington , IL (HS)

C 52 * Rafael Eubanks 6-3 288 So. St. Paul , MN (Cretin-Derham Hall)

58 Rob Bruggeman 6-3 280 Jr. Cedar Rapids, IA (Washington)

RG 75 * Wesley Aeschliman 6-8 315 Jr. Bloomfield, IA ( Davis County )

61 Travis Meade 6-0 280 So. Iowa City , IA (West)

RT 71 * Seth Olsen 6-5 301 Jr. Omaha , NE (Millard North)

98 * Tyler Blum 6-6 260 So. Walnut, IA (Walnut Community)

or 96 ** Alex Kanellis 6-4 281 Jr. Iowa City , IA (West)

TE 81 * Tony Moeaki 6-4 250 Jr. Wheaton , IL (Warrenville South)

83 ** Brandon Myers 6-4 242 Jr. Prairie City, IA (Prairie City-Monroe)

QB 6 * Jake Christensen 6-1 205 So. Lockport , IL (HS)

8 Arvell Nelson 6-4 175 #Fr. Cleveland, OH (Glenville)

WR 88 * Dominique Douglas 6-1 186 So. Detroit , MI (Murray-Wright)

86 * Trey Stross 6-3 190 So. Avon Lake , OH (HS)

RB 21 ** Albert Young 5-10 209 Sr.. Moorestown , NJ (HS)

28 *** Damian Sims 5-9 185 Sr. Boynton Beach , FL (Leonard)

23 ** Shonn Greene 5-11 225 Jr. Sicklerville, NJ ( Milford Academy )

FB 35 *** Tom Busch 5-11 231 Sr. Cottage Grove , MN (Park)

38 Jordan McLaughlin 6-0 227 Jr. Belmond, IA (Belmond-Klemme)

PK 12 * Austin Signor 6-4 230 So. Urbandale , IA (HS)

2 Daniel Murray 5-10 175 #Fr. Iowa City , IA ( Regina )

* - Indicates letters won



DE 92 *** Ken Iwebema 6-4 270 Sr. Arlington , TX (Bowie)

94 Adrian Clayborn 6-3 250 #Fr. St. Louis, MO ( Webster Groves )

DT 53 ** Matt Kroul 6-3 271 Jr. Mount Vernon , IA (HS)

66 ** Ryan Bain 6-2 282 Jr. Bolingbrook , IL (HS)

DT 47 ** Mitch King 6-3 264 Jr. Burlington , IA (HS)

56 Rashad Dunn 6-3 290 Jr. Evans, GA (Greenbrier)

DE 99 *** Bryan Mattison 6-3 272 Sr. Mishawaka , IN (Penn)

55 * Chad Geary 6-3 220 So. Tipton , IA (HS)

OLB 49 * A.J. Edds 6-4 224 So. Greenwood , IN ( Greenwood Community)

33 Jeff Tarpinian 6-3 205 #Fr. Omaha, NE (Millard North)

or 42 Jeremiha Hunter 6-2 217 #Fr. York, PA ( Harrisburg Science & Tech)

MLB 40 *** Mike Klinkenborg 6-2 240 Sr. Rock Rapids, IA ( Central Lyon )

43 * Pat Angerer 6-1 222 So. Bettendorf , IA (HS)

WLB 44 ** Mike Humpal 6-2 232 Sr. New Hampton , IA (HS)

41 * Bryon Gattas 6-1 233 Sr. Mt. Prospect, IL (Harper, IL CC)

LC 19 *** Adam Shada 6-1 185 Sr. Omaha , NE (Millard North)

45 Amari Spievey 6-0 175 #Fr. Middletown, CT (Xavier)

SS 11 * Marcus Wilson 6-3 198 So. Pennsauken , NJ ( Camden Catholic)

02 Harold Dalton 6-1 192 Jr. Camden , NJ (Woodrow Wilson)

FS 30 Brett Greenwood 6-0 185 #Fr. Bettendorf, IA (Pleasant Valley)

48 Troy Johnson 6-2 215 #Fr. Lakeland, FL (HS)

RC 13 *** Charles Godfrey 6-1 208 Sr. Baytown , TX (Robert E. Lee)

or 29 ** Bradley Fletcher 6-2 195 Jr. Youngstown , OH ( Liberty )

PT 5 Ryan Donahue 6-3 180 #Fr. Evergreen Park , IL (St. Rita)

* - Indicates letters won # - Indicates redshirt freshman

Punt Returns: 80 Andy Brodell Kickoff Returns: 45 Greene & 21 Young

Deep Snaps: 65 Daniel Olszta


The first thing that needs to be said is that the spring two-deep roster is written in pencil and there are erasers nearby almost every day. For some of these positions, it's a long way until September 1st in Chicago when Iowa suits up against Northern Illinois. That being said, there are some interesting names that jump out at you.

First, the starting receivers are Andy Brodell and Dominique Douglas; those names are not surprising on the one line. James Cleveland and Trey Stross are listed as the 2's. Stross' name is not surprising, and it's good to see James Cleveland's name in the mix. That shouldn't be a shocker, as outside of Brodell, Douglas and Stross, Cleveland has the most ‘practice experience' if you will. This will be his second set of spring practices, the same as Stross.

Look for some changes on the offensive line two deep as we head through the spring and into fall camp. Andy Kuempel is listed as the #1 at left guard, and I think that is one of a few fluid positions along the offensive line. Several aspects to the two deep will be sorted out this spring and in August. Look no further than the right tackle position, where Seth Olsen is listed as the #1. Alex Kanellis is listed as a co-#2 at that position. Should he show the coaches that he has the right stuff between now and the end of August, that could move Olsen to guard, or it could move Kanellis to guard and Olsen would stay at a tackle position.

Wesley Aechilman is listed as the #1 right guard, with Rob Bruggeman listed as the #2 center. Reports that I have heard emanating out of Iowa City claim that Bruggeman is one of the most physical offensive linemen that Iowa has, if not the most physical. As we all know, Iowa tries to find the best five linemen then plug them in as best they can. Center and guard are more than just next door neighbors on the line, physically; if you can play center, you can play the guard position. So that gives Iowa more flexibility, give the early positive returns on Bruggeman. Travis Meade saw some action last year, and he could figure into the mix on the interior. It's a very, very big spring for Dan Doering, a player that came to Iowa with all American accolades and who has dealt with a few injuries and some illness (mono) during his time on Iowa's campus. Hopefully he can make steps forward to battle for playing time.

On the whole, in looking at all of the names that were listed on the two deep roster on the offensive line, I think that Iowa fans should be optimistic that a fairly solid to very solid group will be starting on September 1st. Don't forget Bryan Bulaga, who will be a true freshman next year. He will stick his nose into the mix. I hope that he redshirts, due to the older players showing the coaches enough during the spring and summer sessions. Also, of the eight players listed along the Iowa offensive line two deep, three of them (Richardson, Doering and Blum) were US Army All Americans (Eubanks probably should have been that year), and three of them are walkons from the state of Iowa.

At quarterback, Jake Christensen is listed as the #1. That isn't a surprise. Here is what was written in the 2007 Spring Prospectus by Iowa officials: "The search for Iowa's next quarterback has to start with sophomore Jake Christensen." They will get no argument from me, as I expect Jake to put more distance between himself and Arvell Nelson as spring practice hits its full stride.

Austin Signor is listed as the #1 place kicker, with Iowa City Regina walkon Daniel Murray listed as the #2. Ryan Donahue is listed as the starting punter. If both of the place kickers struggle this spring, Donahue could get a look there, too.

On the defensive line, Adrian Clayborn makes his first appearance as Kenny Iwebema's backup. Rashad Dunn, who came to Iowa as an offensive linemen, also made the list, as did Tipton, IA walkon Chad Geary. Iowa needs a healthy year in the defensive trenches, but it will be fun to see what Clayborn can do.

A new name pops up as the starter at Iowa's LEO linebacker position, and that is A.J. Edds. It would appear that Norm Parker won out with regards to Edds, as there were some reports this winter that AJ was moving back to tight end. Mike Humpal played this position last year, save for the Alamo Bowl game where Ed Miles moved back into that slot. Humpal is listed as the starting Will or WLB, his best and natural position. Mike Klinkenborg is your MLB. Jeff Tarpinian and Jeremiha Hunter are battling with Edds at the LEO, with Bryon Gattas at Will and Pat Angerer at MLB. Angerer has the speed to play outside as well.

Amari Spievey is listed as the backup to Adam Shada at one corner, with Bradley Fletcher backing up Charles Godfrey on the other side. This could change during the spring, as Chris Rowell will have his nose in the mix as well.

Marcus Wilson is slotted as the starting free safety, with Bettendorf, IA walkon Brett Greenwood listed as the starter at strong safety, and Troy Johnson as the #2. That is another battle to keep an eye on this spring. In case you are counting, that makes two walkons on the defensive two deep, and five overall.

Andy Brodell is listed as the punt returner, with Shonn Greene and Albert Young as the kick returners. Kirk Ferentz said back in February that they would like to redshirt Greene this year, to give him two years worth of opportunity to be Iowa's featured running back. I expect some changes here, as incoming frosh Cedric Everson will get a look in the return game, and Anthony Bowman showed promise late in the season.

HawkeyeNation.com will provide complete coverage of Kirk Ferentz's press conference later today.

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