Iowa Releases Official Week 1 Depth Chart

first_imgIowa football players walk out onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field in front of their fans against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Iowa won 24-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Iowa Hawkeyes are eight days away from their season opener against Miami (OH). Ahead of the start of the new season, the team has released its first depth chart of the season.David Eickholt of The Hawkeye Insider posted the team depth chart on Friday afternoon. Iowa included a full two-deep ahead of the Week 1 game against Miami (OH).He notes that the names reflected on the chart may not be identical to the players who start in Week 1, due to injuries.Here are Iowa’s designated starters: QB – Nate Stanley RB – Mekhi Sargent FB – Brady Ross WR – Brandon Smith WR- Ihmir Smith-Marsette TE – Nate Wieting LT – Alaric Jackson LG – Landan Paulsen C – Tyler Linderbaum RG – Levi Paulsen or Cole Banwart RT – Tristan WirfsDE – Chauncey Golston DT – Cedrick Lattimore DT – Brady Reiff DE – AJ Epenesa Leo/Cash – Barrington Wade MLB – Kristian Welch WLB – Djimon Colbert LCB – Michael Ojemudia SS – Geno Stone FS – Kaevon Merriweather RCB – Matt HankinsKicker – Caleb Shudak or Keith Duncan Punter – Michael Sleep-Dalton Kick/Punt Return – Ihmir-Smith Marsette LS – Jackson Subbert Holder – Colten Rastetter#Hawkeyes first depth chart. pic.twitter.com/ljipoO8zcA— David Eickholt (@DEickholt247) August 23, 2019While quarterback Nate Stanley was naturally named the starter, his primary backup is still in dispute. Redshirt freshman Spencer Petras and sophomore Peyton Mansell are still competing for the role.There’s also a little controversy at the placekicker position. Juniors Caleb Shurdak and Keith Duncan still vying for the job.Only one Iowa freshman is slated to start in the initial lineup: center Tyler Linderbaum, who redshirted in 2018.But without a doubt the most eyes will be on junior defensive end A.J. Epenesa and right tackle Tristan Wirfs. Both of them are expected to be stars in the Big Ten this year, and potential first round NFL Draft picks.last_img read more