- Tyler Sash (Shoulder) - Out for spring
- Brett Greenwood (Shoulder) - Out for spring
- Kyle Haganman (Knee) - Out for spring
- Steve Bigach (Knee) - Out for spring
- Adam Robinson (Shoulder) - Out for spring
- Paul Chaney, Jr. (ACL) - Very limited for spring
- Jewel Hampton (ACL) - Slightly limited (no tackle) for spring
- Dominic Alvis (Groin) - Limited for spring
- Nolan MacMillan (Sports Hernia) - Limited for spring
- Daniel Murray (Ankle, knee??) - "Fine"
- Jordan Bernstine (Ankle) - Full speed
Depth Chart: (via Marc Morehouse: On Iowa)
SE | Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Colin Sandeman
LT | Riley Reiff, Kyle Haganman
LG | Julian Vandervelde, Drew Clark
C | Josh Koeppel/James Ferentz
RG | Adam Gettis, Cody Hundertmark
RT | Markus Zusevics, Nolan MacMillan
TE | Allen Reisner, Brad Herman
QB | Ricky Stanzi, James Vandenberg, John Wienke
WR | Marvin McNutt, Keenan Davis/Paul Chaney Jr.
RB | Adam Robinson, Brandon Wegher, Jewel Hampton
FB | Brett Morse, Wade Leppert
DE | Adrian Clayborn, Lebron Daniel
DT | Karl Klug, Steve Bigach
DT | Christian Ballard, Mike Daniels
DE | Broderick Binns, Dominic Alvis
OLB | Tyler Nielsen, Jeff Tarpinian
MLB | Troy Johnson, Bruce Davis
WLB | Jeremiha Hunter, Jeff Tarpinian
LC | Shaun Prater, Greg Castillo
SS | Tyler Sash, Tom Donatell
FS | Brett Greenwood, Nick Nielsen/Jack Swanson
RC | Micah Hyde, William Lowe/Jordan Bernstine
P | Ryan Donahue, Eric Guthrie
PK | Daniel Murray, Trent Mossbrucker
KR | Keenan Davis, Derrell Johnson-Koulianous
PR | Colin Sandeman, Tyler Sash
Though the depth chart at this point is just the first carving into what will become a palimpsest, there are a few interesting things that stuck out while reading through it.
- Riley Reiff and Julian Vandervelde, the two linemen with the most experience, are both listed on the left side of the line. While Reiff at LT is no surprise, I thought that the coaches would split up the experience and put Vandervelde at RG.
- I think it is telling that Josh Koeppel and James Ferentz are listed with a "/" instead of a ",". In basically every other position the more experienced player got the nod as the starter. But here, though Koeppel is a senior, Ferentz is tied with him. I think Ferentz is going to be the starter this year.
- I was a little surprised to see Troy Johnson as the starting middle linebacker. I thought Jeff Tarpinian would be ahead of Johnson based on his special team performance. However, this is going to be one heck of a battle. Throw in Bruce Davis and Lance Tillison (who returned to the team after leaving a year ago) and this is going to be a heck of a battle. My guess is we'll see more of a rotation here versus last year when Edds, Angerer, and Hunter saw most of the snaps.
Quotes of Note:
On some O-line battles -
Hundertmark, we moved over in December and he really, I think it is going to be a great, great move and he seemed to learn very, very well, very quickly.On Marvin McNutt's second year as a receiver-
Marvin played well last year, especially well at times, but he's still learning ans his best football should be in front of him. With a little bit of luck, he'll have this coming year like Clayborn did last year where he really starts to play consistently at a level we think he's capable of.On Adrian Clayborn-
Assuming he keeps progressing and playing like he has, he'll be one of the best in the country and feedback I got, he would have been a first round pick this year, so maybe, you know, a year from now, he'll be even higher, which I think he will be.