That’s something he had indicated during player availability earlier in the week. What say you, Hawkeye fan? No changes at running back as Tyler Goodson continues to be Iowa’s playmaker. IOWA CITY, Ia. Belton is indeed listed as the Cash, but he is also the starter at SS. Junior right guard Tristan Wirfs made the wise decision to forego his senior season and was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With Geno Stone departed for the NFL, we knew there would be a change in the back end of Iowa’s defense. What will be interesting for Iowa fans to see week one is whether Phil Parker calls on Merriweather or Castro to come in as the second safety when Belton is on the field at Cash. Jestin Jacobs cracks the two deeps at Will while senior Barrington Wade will man the Leo spot when Iowa is in their base 4-3 defense. With that, you could see Ivory Kelly-Martin return to the mix as Iowa’s third option. Indiana graduate transfer Coy Cronk (CRONK) should take over at right tackle, which will be an adjustment considering he spent his entire career starting at left tackle for the Hoosiers, but he’s quite the talent so it should work. It’s also worth pointing out again that Iowa lists sophomore Dane Belton as both the starting strong safety and cash. Box 235 Hiawatha, IA 52233 1-800-PRO-DRAFT (1-800-776-3723) — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz released his first depth chart of the 2020 football season Thursday, providing some clarity to how the coaching staff is viewing competition for playing time leading up to the Oct. 24 season-opener at Purdue. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. What we didn’t learn during those Zoom meetings was that redshirt freshman Sebastian Castro will be Belton’s primary backup at SS. Tory Taylor is an Aussie that's never played American football but attended Prokick Australia, a program/academy that transitions Australian football players to the States. Dane Belton could be an option as well if Phil Parker opts to move him away from the cash role and Dallas Craddieth was a much-hyped recruit once upon a time, but he's failed to sniff the depth chart in recent years; is this the year that changes? Disagree? There are few changes in Iowa’s first depth chart of the 2020 season. The only real change at backup is Toren Young, as he left the program for the NFL. Jack Campbell is officially the new starting middle linebacker with fellow sophomore Seth Benson listed as his primary backup. The Hawkeyes will kick off at 2:30 pm CT from Ross Ade Stadium in West Lafeyette on Saturday. Iowa Football: Hawkeyes Release Initial 2020 Depth Chart, Purdue’s path to victory highlights how Kirk Ferentz’s philosophy reduces Iowa’s chance of winning, IOWA FOOTBALL AT PURDUE SECOND HALF GAME THREAD, IOWA FOOTBALL AT PURDUE HOW TO WATCH AND 1ST HALF GAME THREAD. Mark Kallenberger started four games at right guard and one at left guard in 2019. While we projected the two guard spots to be manned by Cole Banwart and either Justin Britt or Kyler Schott, the official depth chart has Banwart nowhere to be found. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. Even though he’s listed as a backup, you can probably expect it to be a timeshare between Sargent and Goodson, as both are effective. It will be interesting to see if that’s how things pan out week one. As has become custom over the years, Iowa released their game week depth chart for their matchup with Purdue on Monday afternoon. End A.J. With ISM, Smith, and Tracy back, Iowa has its best trio of wide-receivers since…ever? It’s officially game week for the first time this year for the Iowa Hawkeyes and the rest of the Big Ten. We had projected that to mean last year’s starting free safety, Kaevon Merriweather, might slide over to strong safety to play alongside Jack Koerner with Dane Belton manning the Cash position. Banwart could certainly challenge either guy for a spot but we’re slotting him as Schott’s backup for now. Iowa Hawkeyes Depth Chart (Overall) (Conf.) While there are no other changes from the initial depth chart, it is worth mentioning again the the Hawkeyes will be utilizing a true freshman at punter as Aussie Tory Taylor has won the job. But then came Jack Heflin, a graduate transfer from Northern Illinois that earned honorable mention All-American honors from Pro Football Focus, was named second-team All-MAC by coaches, and named NIU’s defensive player of the year by their coaching staff. Cole Banwart only started two games at right guard last season but started seven in 2018. Well, he transferred to Purdue, so that plan is out the window. We’ve known for a while that Britt could play center, but sliding him over now may be an indication of what the staff thinks Tyler Linderbaum will do after the season. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. Cody Ince as the starter is a bit of a surprise. Iowa's starting strong safety has left early for the NFL each of the past two seasons (Amani Hooker in 2018, Geno Stone in 2019), which leaves quite a void there this season; there isn't a clear replacement waiting in the wings to step up there. Iowa has increasingly moved to a 4-2-5 look on defense in recent years, and I don't think that's likely to change this year, given the lack of returning standouts at linebacker -- and the fact that Iowa opens Big Ten play against Purdue and Northwestern, two teams that figure to spread the field. Poor Ryan Gersonde has spent the last two seasons injured so I’m not optimistic about 2020. Waggoner could be your DE of the future but for now, he continues to wait. Here’s what we think the depth chart might look … There are zero questions at who is going to be catching the passes, be it at wide receiver or tight end. As Kyler Schott closed out the season as Iowa’s right guard, he’ll hold that position. In the initial depth chart, however, Kallenberger is listed as the starter opposite Alaric Jackson with Cronk as his backup. That’s not big! Neither of those are major surprises. Sebastian Castro ought to be a name to watch in Iowa's secondary this year -- he was a standout athlete in high school and he earned some buzz while redshirting last year. I won't be surprised to see Moss begin the season as one of Iowa's starting corners. Kallenberger entered last season as Iowa’s #2 left tackle and is the only one of the three that has any starting experience on the left side of the line, so we’re putting him at left guard. He joins a talented group of specialists that include pre-season All-Big Ten picks Keith Duncan and Ihmir Smith-Marsette. The cash role seems like it has overtaken the third linebacker as a starter on defense and it occupies a critical position in Iowa's defense scheme. Koerner is your presumptive free safety (assuming he’s healthy after an offseason boating accident, though he was reportedly a participant in Iowa's practices last weekend, which seems like a good sign), but strong safety looks messier. Cody Ince, Justin Britt, Jack Plumb, and Justin Britt (not listed) will all see playing time this season but with the experience ahead of them, they’ve got steep hills to climb to become starters. Alex Padilla falls into the backup spot by default, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Deuce Hogan here in the future. The other side? Agree with the depth chart? True story! Amani Hooker rode that role to Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year honors in 2018 and Iowa's defense solidified last year after Dane Belton took over the cash position. Cronk comes to Iowa with more career starts than any Hawkeye offensive lineman not named Alaric Jackson and was expected to backfill the spot vacated by Tristan Wirfs the moment he announced his transfer. While the week has gotten off to an abnormal start with the Sunday evening revelation that 8 former players are demanding $20M and the firing of both Kirk and Brian Ferentz, things are starting to normalize a bit. For Brandon Smith, it happened in the second game of his second season. Evans was second in sacks last season and Waggoner and VanValkenberg each played in 10+ games. Austin Schulte was going to be your #1 defensive tackle by default, as he is a senior and started a couple of games last season. By the way, did you know that Nico Ragaini was Iowa’s leader in receptions last season? Way-Too-Early Bracketology For Iowa Hoops, Iowa Tried to Do Grapple on the Gridiron 2, Purdue 24, Iowa 20: For Whom The Bell Tolls, The Hybrid: Flyovers Are Lame And Pointless. Iowa is expected to release an updated depth chart ahead of its matchup with Purdue in two weeks. Go Iowa Awesome is an Iowa site by Iowa fans, for Iowa fans. We’re just outside two weeks from Iowa’s first game of the 2020 season against Purdue and as the season quickly approaches we’re finally getting a flood of information out of the program. New, 4 comments. While it’s largely as you might expect, there are a few surprises. After being erroneously being left off our projected depth chart. That would be neat. Jack Campbell (who is huge: 6'5", 243 lbs) and Seth Benson are two younger guys who should push for spots on the two-deeps, and maybe we get a glimpse of former big-time recruit Jestin Jacobs? Iowa football is finally back and we’re here to tell you how game one is going to go. Long snapper Austin Spiewak and punt returner Max Cooper round out the group.