There actually was a bit of movement on the depth chart Iowa released Monday ahead of this week’s matchup with Iowa State.
Mainly, offensive tackles Tristan Wirfs (OWI) and Alaric Jackson (team rules violation) and defensive tackles Brady Reiff (public intox) and Cedrick Lattimore (team rules violation) return for the Hawkeyes (1-0). With four backups being wove in and out of the lineup last week on the offensive line, Iowa still hit that 40-rush, 200-yard sweet spot that is going to deliver victory for Iowa something like 95 percent of the time.
The Hawkeyes rushed 48 times for 209 yards. It was their most in an opener since 212 against Miami (Ohio) in 2016.
“Reiff has done a really nice job inside, we’re looking at eight to nine guys there and we’re really excited,” defensive coordinator Phil Parker said a few weeks ago.
Even with two D-linemen out for last week’s win over Northern Illinois, Iowa still rotated eight defensive linemen into the game.
Ends Anthony Nelson and Parker Hesse led the way (49 and 41, respectively) in snap count, but sophomore Chauncey Golston played some end but mostly tackle with his 40 snaps. Tackles Tyler Linderbaum and Garret Jansen each had 11. End A.J. Epenesa had 32.
On offense, with the game decided in the second half, 11 offensive linemen rotated in, with senior Dalton Ferguson getting the most reps of the backup tackles with 67 snaps. Redshirt freshman tackle Mark Kallenberger had 44, while senior Levi Paulsen had 38. Guard Landan Paulsen, Levi’s twin, had 28 snaps, his most in a game in awhile if not ever.
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Sophomore Brandon Smith led wide receivers with 44 snaps. Sophomore Ihmir Smith-Marsette had 40, and senior Nick Easley had 20 snaps.
13 (three tight ends, one back) — 3 carries for 10 yards rushing; no pass attempts: 3 attempts 10 yards.
13 shotgun formation — 1 pass for 5 yards. 1-1-5 yards; 1 pass for 5 yards
11 (one back, one tight end) shotgun — 3 rushes for 5 yards; 2 of 4 for 19 yards; 6 plays, 24 yards
12 (one back, two TEs) — 5 rushes for 22 yards; 1-4-30 yards; 9 plays 52 yards
12 shotgun formation — 1 rush for 5 yards; 2 of 3 for 11 yards; 4 plays, 16 yards
22 (two backs, two TEs) — 21 for 98 rushing; 2 of 4 for 22 yards; 25 plays, 120 yards
23 (two backs, three TEs) — 2 carries for 11 yards; 1-2-1 yard TD; three plays, 12 yards
21 (two backs, one TE) — 17 rushes for 59 yards; 3 of 5 for 51 yards, INT; 22 plays, 110 yards
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