Your Western Michigan two deeps: Up with Smith

Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz congratulates running back Mark Weisman (45) following a touchdown during the first half of their rivalry game Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

Sophomore wide receiver Tevaun Smith made a 25-yard catch at Iowa State last week and that was enough to move up a step in the world.

Smith, a 6-2, 200-pounder from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, jumped over senior Don Shumpert on the depth chart the UI released Monday. That was the only change after Iowa’s 27-21 victory last weekend over Iowa State.

Smith also had a drop. Shumpert has had four this year. The Hawkeyes had four drops against ISU and have 10 so far this season.

Wide receiver is going to be a “hot hand” deal — pun most definitely intended, sorry about that — and will probably change week to week. This could distort things. This also could interrupt rhythm, but Iowa has 10 drops and lots of inexperience. Against ISU, the Hawkeyes got just enough out of WR, thanks mainly to junior Kevonte Martin-Manley’s seven receptions for 60 yards and a TD.

– Sophomore corner Jordan Lomax is not listed on the depth chart and is likely out this week. He sat out the Missouri State and ISU.

So, true freshman Desmond King is the man at corner once again this week. Is that really a big deal? Lomax won the job in the spring and out of camp, but he has one career start. That’s a short resume. Just going off who won the job, DC/secondary coach Phil Parker must like Lomax better, but King officially has more starts.

– Iowa’s bench has been shortened. At least it was last week, in Jack Trice Stadium in a road game that Iowa needed to keep the bowl RV on the highway to . . . Detroit? Probably not, but we have plenty of time and there is plenty to prove before that topic matters.

Iowa only played four subs on defense — D-linemen Mike Hardy, Nate Meier and Darian Cooper (who recorded a sack from the 1-technique spot) and corner Sean Draper.

According to the box score, the only WRs to rotate in were Smith and Jacob Hillyer. That would leave Smith, Hillyer, Shumpert and Martin-Manley in the top four. That could be the group of WRs who do the heavy lifting this season.

– The Western Michigan Broncos are 114th in the nation in rush defense, allowing 245.0 a game and 5.36 a carry.

Running back Michael Malloy remains out. Coach Kirk Ferentz said said last Wednesday that the redshirt freshman is dealing with a medical issue and his status will be re-visited on Iowa’s idle week Oct. 12.

Corner Maurice Fleming (leg injury) was in uniform again last week, but didn't play. He’s dealing with a leg issue.

Keep an eye on OG Conor Boffeli this week. He was in and out of the lineup with a knee injury. He played some in the second half, but junior Andrew Donnal was in for Iowa’s 15-play drive that was 14 run plays in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Jordan Walsh did see some rotation, but that stopped with Boffeli’s injury. Boffeli spent some time on an exercise bike. Walsh lost a few plays matched up against DT David Irving, a terrific athlete.

If Iowa played a little nickel defense in the second half. Meier and Draper entered the defense and LB Anthony Hitchens and DE Drew Ott came out.

Iowa's game against Minnesota was set for a 2:30 kick on ABC. One of those mirrored deals, I’m sure. (That means it’s on the big flow ABC on a regional basis.)

– Less than 5,000 tickets remain for Saturday’s game.


SE 4 Tevaun Smith ^6-2 200 So.
8 ** Don Shumpert ^6-3 200 Sr.

LT68 ** Brandon Scherff 6-5 315 Jr.
76 ** Nolan MacMillan 6-6 294 Sr.

LG59 * Conor Boffeli 6-5 295 Sr.
58 Eric Simmons 6-2 295 So.

C 63 * Austin Blythe 6-3 300 So.
57 Tommy Gaul 6-3 277 Jr.

RG65 Jordan Walsh 6-4 290 So.
78 * Andrew Donnal 6-7 305 Jr.

RT 70 *** Brett Van Sloten 6-7 300 Sr.
73 Ryan Ward 6-5 290 #Fr.

TE 86 *** C.J. Fiedorowicz ^ 6-7 265 Sr.
82 ** Ray Hamilton ^6-5 252 Jr.OR87 * Jake Duzey 6-4 245 So.

QB15 Jake Rudock 6-3 205 So.
16 C.J. Beathard 6-2 195 #Fr.OR19 Cody Sokol 6-2, 215 Jr.

WR11 ** Kevonte Martin-Manley 6-0 205 Jr.
23 * Jordan Cotton 6-1 192 Sr.OR17 * Jacob Hillyer 6-4 205 So.

RB45 * Mark Weisman 6-0 236 Jr.OR5 ** Damon Bullock 6-0 200 Jr.
33 * Jordan Canzeri 5-9 187 So.

FB38 Adam Cox 5-11 215 So.
42 Macon Plewa 6-2 234 So.

PK96 *** Mike Meyer ^6-2 190 Sr.
1 Marshall Koehn 6-0 195 So.


LE 95 Drew Ott ^6-4 265 So.
98 * Mike Hardy 6-5 275 Jr.

LT71 * Carl Davis 6-5 315 Jr.
97 * Darian Cooper 6-2 280 So.

RT 90 * Louis Trinca-Pasat 6-3 290 Jr.
67 Jaleel Johnson 6-4 307 #Fr.

RE 79 ** Dominic Alvis 6-4 265 Sr.
94 Riley McMinn 6-7 260 So.OR34 Nate Meier 6-2 235 So.

OLB 20 *** Christian Kirksey ^ 6-2 235 Sr.
39 * Travis Perry 6-3 232 So.

MLB44 *** James Morris ^ 6-2 240 Sr.
52 ** Quinton Alston ^6-1 232 Jr.

WLB 31 *** Anthony Hitchens ^ 6-1 233 Sr.
55 ** Marcus Collins 6-0 222 Jr.OR36 Cole Fisher 6-2 228 So.

LC19 *** B.J. Lowery ^5-11 193 Sr.
7 * Sean Draper 6-0 180 So.

SS37 ** John Lowdermilk ^ 6-2 207 Jr.
21 ** Nico Law ^ 6-1 200 Jr.

FS 5 *** Tanner Miller ^ 6-2 207 Sr.
12 Anthony Gair 6-2 200 #Fr.

RC14 Desmond King 5-11 185 Fr.
35 Gavin Smith 5-10 190 Sr.

PT 98 Connor Kornbrath 6-6 215 So.
1 Marshall Koehn 6-0 195 So.


Punt returns:11 Kevonte Martin-Manley

Kickoff returns: 33 Jordan Canzeri;23 Jordan Cotton

Deep Snaps: 61 * Casey Kreiter 6-3 250 Jr.

Holder: 98 Connor Kornbrath

* Letters won
^ Redshirt year still available
# Indicates redshirt freshman

Passing Yards:T. Van Tubbergen529
Passing TDs:Z. Terrell2
Rushing Yards:B. Fields206
Rushing TDs:B. Fields3
Receiving Yards:C. Davis324
Receiving TDs:C. Davis2
Interceptions:D. Celiscar1
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards:1034 (74)
Passing Yards:649 (60)
Rushing Yards:385 (74)
Points per game:17.7 (101)
Yards per game:344.7 (92)
Touchdowns:7 (84)
Field Goals:2 (81)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards:1215 (78)
Passing Yards:480 (32)
Rushing Yards:735 (107)
Points per game:30.3 (81)
Yards per game:405.0 (67)
Touchdowns:9 (67)
Field Goals:5 (100)
Passing Yards:J. Rudock609
Passing TDs:J. Rudock3
Rushing Yards:M. Weisman425
Rushing TDs:J. Rudock4
Receiving Yards:K. Martin-Manley163
Receiving TDs:C. Fiedorowicz1
Interceptions:B. Lowery1
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards:1327 (34)
Passing Yards:609 (67)
Rushing Yards:718 (20)
Points per game:27.3 (67)
Yards per game:442.3 (49)
Touchdowns:9 (57)
Field Goals:4 (26)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards:954 (45)
Passing Yards:662 (73)
Rushing Yards:292 (25)
Points per game:21.7 (47)
Yards per game:318.0 (23)
Touchdowns:7 (47)
Field Goals:3 (60

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