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Hawkeyes Release Pre-Season Depth Chart

July 18, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – It was Christmas morning for Iowa football fans Thursday when the program released its preseason depth chart. It signaled that the real action was coming right around the corner.

Here’s a look at the offense:

And now the defense:

Some thoughts…

-Don’t get worked up about this depth chart. It’s July. Things can, and most certainly will, change.

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-Calvin Lockett at No. 2 outside receiver is interesting. The Florida product who played for Marcus Paschal missed a good chunk of last season with an injury, including most of training camp. He must have shown something in the spring.

-The kicker and punters positions, keys in how the Hawkeyes play football, show “or” on the two-deep. The camp competition at those spots will prove enormous. Michael Sleep-Dalton, the grad transfer from Arizona State, wasn’t listed after showing up in June, but he will be firmly in the hunt.

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-Peyton Mansell goes into August as the No. 2 quarterback behind two-year starter Nate Stanley. Can Spencer Petras push him for the spot?

-Nico Ragaini holds an edge over Tyrone Tracy as the slot receiver replacing the departed Nick Easley. If Oliver Martin is cleared to play this season, can the Michigan transfer nudge his way in there?

-Landan Paulsen enjoys a leg up at left guard. We’ll see if he’s challenged by Cody Ince, Mark Kallenberger or one of the talented true freshmen.

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-Iowa now lists the CASH position and the LEO linebacker together as an “or.” It’s here to stay, folks.

-Nick Niemann is now a backup at weak-side linebacker after being groomed as a LEO. Redshirt freshman Dillon Doyle is in the mix at middle linebacker after being recruited as a LEO.

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