The Iowa football team released their depth chart versus Penn State, and there were a few noticeable changes. Here’s a quick rundown.
After a terrible performance against Michigan, I expected some movement on the Monday depth chart released for the Penn State game. There was some movement for the Iowa football team, albeit not a ton, but one specific position is sure to excite some people.
The one thing to keep in mind though is these depth charts are pretty fluid. Last week for example, Jackson was listed as the backup and wound up starting the game. Things can change over the court of the week pretty easily especially if guys are working their way back from injury.
With that said, here is a quick rundown of the movers and shakers within the lineup:
- Alaric Jackson is officially at the top of the depth chart, despite having a rough game back against Michigan.
- There was also no real movement on the offensive line. Cole Banwart appears to be the starter for now over Levi Paulsen, and it remains to be seen what happens once Kyler Schott is back.
- Brady Reiff makes his first appearance on the depth chart after being injured the past few weeks. If he is ready to go, it’ll be interesting to see if the Iowa football team’s coaching staff decides to give him the start.
- Julius Brents is back in the lineup! After a fantastic freshman season, he has been dealing with injuries, but he is back. For now, though, it looks like DJ Johnson is the starter going forward, and rightfully so until Matt Hankins returns. Although the secondary depth appeared to be an issue early on, the Iowa football team is about to have four quality starting options once Hankins recovers from a nagging hamstring injury.
- The big news that fans have been clamoring for a few weeks now is the presence of Tyler Goodson on the depth chart for the first time in his young Iowa football career. It’s nice to see the staff show the recognition Goodson deserves for his outstanding play as both a runner and a pass-catcher out of the backfield. As we saw Saturday, he can be a huge weapon in both the running game and the passing game.
As we said above, this isn’t final and a lot can happen between now and Saturday’s night game against Penn State.
With the injured guys especially, we will get even more clarification when Kirk Ferentz talks to the media this week.