Hawkeye followers have been handled to an offensive explosion on Saturday evening/Sunday morning of week three and now optimism flows abundantly in Hawkeye Nation. Or one thing like that.
Truth be instructed, Iowa did sufficient to point out that maybe the fireplace burning inside Kinnick is just a 3 alarm blaze slightly than the 5 alarm inferno issues by the primary two weeks. That was helped largely by the return of a number of WRs for the Hawkeyes. After taking part in a single snap towards Iowa State, former 4-star receiver Brody Brecht began towards Nevada on Saturday.
He was joined on the turf at Duke Slater Field by each Nico Ragaini and Keagan Johnson, who made their season debuts in week three. Now heading into week 4, it is time to see who, if anybody, amongst them is definitely mirrored on this week’s model of the depth chart.
Iowa launched their weekly recreation notes and two deeps on Monday afternoon, and whereas issues nonetheless look like a joke in some spots (Louie Stec stays the skinniest defensive sort out to play division one soccer because the finish of WWII), we seem to have actual stay information on this week’s depth chart.
Here’s a take a look at it in its entirety.
- Welcome again Nico Ragaini! As talked about, Ragaini returned in week three to steer the Hawkeyes in receiving yards (56) on a pair of receptions. He made an on the spot affect by catching the longest go of the season for Iowa – a 46-yard bomb from Spencer Petras (we’ll allow you to choose the standard of the go). Now he is formally again on the depth chart behind Arland Bruce IV at WR.
- While Ragaini was again and concerned, Keagan Johnson additionally made his return however with far fewer snaps (solely 16 in accordance with PFF). He’s nonetheless not proven on this week’s depth chart after not being concerned a lot of the second half.
- Speaking of the depth chart reflecting what we noticed on the sphere, the offensive line now appears to be like like what the employees has been trotting on the market to start out video games. We’ll see if this group can get some cohesion and truly present a number of the push they demonstrated at instances in week three. Hopefully they determine issues out within the passing recreation or we could in the end get Alex Padilla the exhausting means.
- Drew Stevens has arrived. After an open competitors throughout fall camp, Aaron Blom appeared to win the job and began the primary two video games of the season. He missed his first FG try of the yr and adopted that up with a miss on what would have been the game-tying strive on the finish of regulation towards Iowa State. That opened the door for Stevens, who was an ideal 2/2 towards Nevada in week three. Here’s to hoping now we have the subsequent in a protracted line of extremely correct kickers for the Hawkeyes.
- Kaleb Johnson was nice on offense and his reward is… kick off return. While it was Ragaini that took the highest off the protection within the passing recreation, it was true freshman Johnson who broke issues open along with his 40-yard run within the first quarter. He adopted that up with Iowa’s longest play of the season – a 55-yard scamper to shut the door on the Wolfpack. He’s now listed as Iowa’s high return man on KOR, changing Gavin Williams. It’s Williams, nevertheless, who stays the beginning RB. Leshon Williams, who missed final week as a result of passing of his father, has returned to the depth chart because the #2 RB.
- On the defensive facet of the ball, if it ain’t broke, do not repair it. Phil Parker definitely would not have something damaged on the nation’s second place group in scoring protection. Jestin Jacobs stays uncertain for this week, however we’ll verify in with KF in Kirk Speaks on Wednesday morning.
Here’s hoping the depth chart continues to point out extra acquainted names returning to acquainted roles. Things weren’t good on Saturday, however some optimistic momentum would definitely be welcome.