Iowa Football: Hawkeyes Release Depth Chart for Black Friday Showdown with Nebraska

The Iowa Hawkeyes have moved previous a depressing October and used the month of November to fully flip their season round. Now they appear to shut out the month with one ultimate win to seal a second consecutive Big Ten West division title and return to Indianapolis for the third time in seven years.

But whereas the Hawkeyes escaped Minneapolis with a win over the Gophers, they did not depart unscathed. Star tight finish Sam LaPorta exited the sport within the first quarter with an obvious leg harm whereas fullback Monte Pottebaum managed solely two snaps earlier than additionally leaving with a leg situation. In the second half, operating again Kaleb Johnson gave the impression to be getting going, however then was absent for the fourth quarter leaving hypothesis that he too might have been injured.

So there’s loads to look for on this week’s depth chart, particularly given we appeared to truly get some forward-looking updates on final week’s depth chart. Here’s a take a look at how issues stand as of Monday afternoon. We will, after all, get extra detailed ideas on the aforementioned harm conditions throughout Kirk Ferentz’s media availability on Tuesday.

  • Welp, as feared, Sam LaPorta is noticeably absent from the depth chart this week. As famous, he suffered a leg harm on Saturday after getting off to a monster begin to the sport. Iowa managed simply 146 complete yards after he left and clearly had game-planned round their star tight finish. Luke Lachey performed nicely in his absence, however the lack of LaPorta will probably change how Brian Ferentz prepares for the Huskers. We’ll hear for updates from Ferentz on Tuesday however anticipate a generic “leg harm and we’ll see how he progresses this week.”
  • The different one noticeably absent is the aforementioned Monte Pottebaum. The greatest hair on the staff logged simply two reps every week in the past and was additionally labeled as a “leg harm” by Ferentz in his post-game presser on Saturday. Given the variety of yards Nebraska is giving up on the bottom this season (195), the Hawkeyes will certainly need to set up the run on Black Friday. Doing so with out Pottebaum (and LaPorta) would imply essentially shifting how this staff operates. While that may be what followers need, that is not usually a change that occurs simply in the middle of one week of follow. Again, we’ll see if we get an replace on Ferentz and whether or not this week’s depth chart is extra ahead wanting or a mirrored image of the top of final week.
  • One different harm merchandise to watch this week is Keagan Johnson. There’s been hypothesis on his availability all season with some questioning whether or not he’s merely holding on to a redshirt. We’re on the level within the season the place there are solely a most of three video games remaining, that means Johnson might play out the yr and retain all eligibility. Ferentz has not offered a lot shade on Johnson’s standing however will certainly be requested once more on Tuesday.
  • No different adjustments to the depth chart this week, which at this level is a optimistic. With a four-game profitable streak, do not repair what is not damaged.

The Huskers additionally launched an up to date depth chart on Monday. The solely adjustments Nebraska has made week over week are at security, the place Marques Buford Jr falls off the lists after being carted off in Nebraska’s loss to Wisconsin every week in the past.

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The Hawkeyes and Huskers are set to kick off at 3pm CT on Friday. The sport might be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

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