Josh Turel Breaks Down The Iowa Offense

GoBlueWolverine's NFL draft analyst Josh Turel loves to get film on Michigan's opponents and break it down to see who the good players are. Here is what he has seen regarding the Iowa Offense.

Depth Chart

5 Drew Tate 6-0, 185, Jr.
16 Jason Manson 6-1, 195, Jr.

Running Back
21 Albert Young 5-10, 207, So.
23 Marcus Schnoor 6-1, 198, Sr.
45 Shonn Greene 5-11, 210, Fr.

35 Tom Busch 5-11, 231, So.
46 Champ Davis 6-2, 227, Jr.

Wide Receiver
88 Clinton Solomon 6-3, 196, Sr.
22 Calvin Davis 6-1, 197, Jr.

Wide Receiver
84 Matt Melloy 6-3, 208, Sr.
4 Herb Grigsby 6-0, 170, So.

Tight End
87 Scott Chandler 6-7, 242, Jr.
30 Ryan Majerus 6-3, 245, Jr.
81 Tony Moeaki 6-4, 235, Fr.

Left Tackle
75 Ben Gates 6-6, 286, Sr.
78 Dace Richardson 6-6, 300, Fr.

Right Tackle
73 Marshal Yanda 6-4, 305, Jr.
71 Seth Olsen 6-5, 297, Fr.

Left Guard
76 Mike Jones 6-5, 299, Jr.
74 David Walker 6-2, 295, Sr.

Right Guard
54 Mike Elgin 6-4, 277, Jr.
71 Seth Olsen 6-5, 297, Fr.

61 Brian Ferentz 6-2, 282, Sr.
59 Ben Cronin 6-5, 285, Sr.

Passing Statistics
Drew Tate 99 157 1346 63.1 8.57 11 3 154.4

Rushing Statistics
Albert Young 121 715 5.9 36 5
Shonn Greene 34 164 4.8 32 1
Damian Sims 12 156 13 66 3
Marcus Schnoor 17 58 3.4 16 2

Receiving Statistics
Clinton Solomon 20 434 21.7 78 6
Scott Chandler 21 249 11.9 37 1
Ed Hinkel 20 230 11.5 43 1
Albert Young 12 168 14.0 51 0
Herb Grigsby 7 87 12.4 33 1
Ryan Majerus 8 79 9.9 27 1

Iowa Team stats – Big Ten Rankings (Big Ten Games Only)
Scoring offense - Iowa tied 5th, 28.2 points per game
Pass offense - Iowa 6th, 235.8 yards per game
Rush offense - Iowa 7th, 157.5 yards per game
Total offense - Iowa 7th, 393.2 yards per game
3rd down conversions: - Iowa 9th, 35.6%
Red Zone offense -- Iowa 100%, 13-13

Position By Position Breakdown

Although Drew Tate isn't having quite the season everyone thought he would, he's still a fine quarterback. Neither blessed with great size nor arm strength, he still operates at a productive level due to intelligence, heart and accuracy. I don't think anyone on the field wants to win more than he does. Another thing I like about Tate is he is very clutch and performs well under pressure, and in the red zone (13-13 so far this year in Big Ten games in red zone point production). I don't expect him to make nearly as many mistakes as he did in last year's game, and he's been great at home (5-0 this season; Iowa's two losses, to Iowa State and Ohio State, have come on the road).

Running back Albert Young is one of the better-kept secrets in the league in my opinion. After suffering a broken leg last season, he's returned to live up to the high regard he had coming out of high school. He's a speedy runner who has really developed as a receiver out of the backfield. "I thought probably one of his strengths in high school was what he did in the passing game," said Ferentz of his back at his weekly press conference. "I am pleasantly surprised at how good a runner is; I did not see that. He got here, and what he did in the passing game did not surprise us initially. I was pleasantly surprised at the kind of running he has showed. He is put together and he is hard nosed. Albert is a heck of a young man. He has a lot of charisma and he is a good leader." Young is a dual threat back who could earn his stripes this week against one of the better defenses in the league (though this year that's not saying much). Iowa has a few options behind Young although they have been all over the place in terms of using them. Shonn Greene got some carries earlier in the year, Sam Brownlee has had some as well as speedy Damian Sims but Marcus Schnoor is the most consistent at getting backup snaps. Schnoor is a bigger back who adds a change of pace with his running style.

The receivers are led by Clinton Solomon who I really like. He's 6'3, a little over 200 pounds and has legit speed. NFL scouts have paid attention to him after his breakout season last year and he's shouldering the load with Ed Hinkel out. He's averaging 21 yards a catch and already has six touchdowns. Matt Melloy is a big, physical receiver who is more of a possession receiver. They will look to him on third downs and around the goal line. He can also block very well, something I noticed he and the rest of the unit do well. Coach Ferentz also addressed this (WR blocking) at his press conference. "They work hard at it," said Ferentz. "Typically if you are having some success with your run game, the receivers have to be contributing. A lot of times that is the difference between a four yard run or a ten yard run." Calvin Davis is a speed threat who can contribute at wide receiver as well as Herb Grigsby. Tight End Scott Chandler is a guy they love to use. At 6'7 he's a huge target but also has good athletic ability. He's ideal on third downs as well. Backup Ryan Majerus is a better blocker but has also seen some action in the passing game this year as well.

The offensive line has been up and down, but in general I think they are an improving bunch. The move of Marshal Yanda to tackle and Mike Jones to guard I think was a big key. Yanda has played excellently this year and could be in the team's best lineman in my judgment. I think Jones has played well at guard as well. Mike Elgin lacks great power but he's one of the more nimble guys on the line and he works well in space. Center Brian Ferentz is decent while Ben Gates has been slowly adapting to tackle, subbing for Lee Gray who's out for the year with injury.

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