The Iowa football team’s depth chart vs Illinois is out, and two freshmen moved up. Here are the instant reactions to today’s depth chart release.
The Iowa football team is coming off a much-needed victory over the previously undefeated Minnesota Gophers. It was much-needed for a few reasons. First, so the Iowa football team could remain shooting for a goal of hitting 10 wins. Second, so we could keep the Floyd of Rosedale in Iowa City and not have to hear from the suddenly amnesiac Gopher fans who forgot about Kirk Ferentz’s dominance over the past two decades. And third, because it seemed to invigorate a fan base that has been frustrated over the past six weeks.
Now with Illinois on the horizon, fans are going to be excited about a few changes to the most recent depth chart released by the Iowa football team.
First and foremost, as we expected after an outstanding performance versus Minnesota, true freshman Tyler Goodson is now at the top of the depth chart. We said it in our observation article, but the Tyler Goodson era is now.
He wasn’t the only freshman though. Sam LaPorta is also listed as the number two tight end on the depth chart ahead of redshirt junior Shaun Beyer. In the past couple of weeks, LaPorta has shown quite a bit of potential, and the future is looking bright for him as well at Tight End U.
Brandon Smith also made a reappearance on this week’s depth chart after being injured the past few weeks, and he’ll likely be a see-how-the-week-goes player this week.
Keeping in line with the injury front, Michael Ojemudia is likely out this week and the depth chart reflected that. Riley Moss will likely be the starter, and we may actually see Julius Brents play as he is now listed as the backup to the inconsistent Matt Hankins.
As always, we will know more about the injured guys and possible depth chart movement when Kirk Ferentz speaks with the media today, but you’ve got to be excited about Sam LaPorta officially taking the number two spot and Goodson finally getting the number one spot.