IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa released its latest depth chart Monday afternoon ahead of this weekend’s contest against North Texas at Kinnick Stadium (Saturday, 2:30 pm CT, ESPN2) . As expected, starting right tackle Ike Boetgger was absent from the lineup.
Here’s a look at the latest two-deep (please click on image to enlarge):
Boettger left Saturday’s 44-41 win at Iowa State during the third quarter. Coach Kirk Ferentz said his senior likely suffered an Achilles injury and, if so, was lost for the season. He mentioned the same thing on Sunday when talking to the team’s official website, but there has been no official announcement about his status moving forward.
Iowa shuffled the offensive front a few times after Boettger’s exit. The coaches settled on leaving Alaric Jackson at left tackle, moving Keegan render from left guard to right guard and inserting Boone Myers at left guard, keeping James Daniels at center and shifting Sean Welsh from right guard to right tackle.
Monday, the depth chart showed Ross Reynolds as the starting left guard and Myers as the backup there and at left tackle. I would expect Myers to see practice reps at both spots this week with a good chance of either starting or working in the rotation on Saturday against North Texas. I think that would be at left guard with Jackson playing full-time at left tackle.
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Boettger started the season’s first two games at right tackle following an all-Big Ten honorable mention campaign in ’16. He started 12 games last year, missing one due to injury. He opened the first six contests of ’15 before going down with an injury that cost him seven games.
The Hawkeyes shuffled players along the offensive line throughout the preseason in preparation for being in this position. Welsh has played tackle in games before and Myers, who was hurt during camp, was projected to be the starting left tackle heading into the year. Reynolds started the season-opener at left guard.
One wonders if true freshman Tristan Wirfs has his redshirt removed under the circumstances. I would think it’s certainly under heavy consideration with the Mount Vernon native seeing increased practice reps this week. He remains listed as the No. 2 right tackle.
Elsewhere on the depth chart, true freshman receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette made his first appearance on Monday, showing up as a No. 2 behind Nick Easley. The New Jersey product caught two touchdown passes against Iowa State, including the game-winner in overtime. Smith-Marsette replaced Devonte Young and Matt Quarells, who shared that spot on the two-deep for the first two weeks.
The only other change on the two-deep came at fullback, where Brady Ross is listed as the starter as he was in Week 1. Drake Kulick showed up as the No. 1 there last week. He’s now the backup again.
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Ross played on Saturday but with a cast on his lower left arm. Kulick caught two passes for 29 yards against the Cyclones.
Despite a tough day and Michael Ojemudia delivering a big play in overtime, Manny Rugamba remains the starting right cornerback. That duo along with the starter on the left side, Joshua Jackson, rotated late in Saturday’s game. Backup strong safety, Amani Hooker, was inserted as the nickel back throughout the day.