IOWA CITY — Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz released a statement and a depth chart on Thursday evening. What any of it means is up for interpretation.
The big news on the depth chart is a change at quarterback. Junior C.J. Beathard is listed ahead of senior Jake Rudock. Rudock has been the Hawkeyes’ starter the last two seasons and started Iowa’s 45-28 loss to Tennessee in last week’s TaxSlayer Bowl. But Beathard ended up playing more snaps.
Beathard completed 13 of 23 passes for 145 yards, an interception and two TDs. Rudock completed just 2 of 8 for 32 yards. Beathard also rushed eight times for 82 yards. It felt like a change had happened or was happening. And now it looks like it has happened, at least for now, in Januarym when depth charts don’t really mean a whole lot.
“After spending several days as a staff evaluating our 2014 season and our returning roster, we have established a two-deep depth chart that will serve as a starting point when the team returns to campus,” said Ferentz. “As always, this is only a starting point and we anticipate and expect healthy competition at all positions between now and September as we prepare for the 2015 season.”
Ferentz will hold a news conference next Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Other noteable changes in Iowa’d depth chart:
— All the linebacker positions are different from when the season ended.
True sophomore Ben Niemann is listed as started at outside linebacker. The 6-3, 205-pounder played some as a true freshman this season, with a blocked punt and TD against Northwestern being the higlight.
— Sophomore OLB Bo Bower, a former walk-on who earned a scholarship last August, has moved to weakside linebacker where he’s listed as the starter ahead of junior Reggie Spearman.
— Sophomore Josey Jewell has shifted from weakside to middle linebacker, where the 6-2, 225-pounder is listed as starter.
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— Iowa needs to replace senior offensive tackles, including Outland Trophy winner Brandon Scherff. Sophomore Boone Myers (6-5, 285) will get the first crack. He is a former walk-on who earned a scholarship in August.
Sophomore Ike Boettger (6-6, 267) is listed at No. 1 right tackle.
— Senior Austin Blythe will move back to center. He shifted over to guard for the majority of 2014 because of injuries.
— After spending the year in a rotation, senior Jordan Walsh and sophomore Sean Welsh are listed as the No. 1 guards.
— Running back Jordan Canzeri, who rushed 12 times for 120 yards in the TaxSlayer, is listed as the No. 1, with junior LeShun Daniels installed as the backup.
— Iowa also must replace highly productive defensive tackles Carl Davis and Louis Trinca-Pasat. Junior Jaleel Johnson (6-4, 310) and sophomore Nathan Bazata (6-2, 284) are listed as potential starters.
Again, it’s a January depth chart. Take it for what it’s worth.
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