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 Wirfs
DE – 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 Hankins
Kicker – Caleb Shudak or Keith Duncan
Punter – Michael Sleep-Dalton
Kick/Punt Return – Ihmir-Smith Marsette
LS – Jackson Subbert
Holder – Colten Rastetter
— David Eickholt (@DEickholt247) August 23, 2019
While 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.