The first Iowa ‘Game Week’ two deep roster is out. Here it is
Here are some quick thoughts…
Conor Boffeli moves back to the center on the chart, backing up James Ferentz. He had been in RG mix in camp.
Austin Blythe is a starter at RG. Some wonder if he might be the starting center next year and starting at that position in the NFL.
Four true freshman make the list; Greg Garmon and Mike Malloy at RB, Connor Kornbrath at P and Kevin Buford at cornerback.
Don’t get caught up with Darian Cooper as a backup…he’ll play a lot of reps and there will be a significant rotation on the DL.
Ray Hamilton is listed at the backup tight end over Zach Derby, who is a senior and started last year. THAT is interesting.
Jacob Hillyer is listed as a backup WR and no mention of Don Shumpert.
Mark Weisman is listed as the #1 fullback ahead of Brad Rogers, but Rogers has been dinged up and wearing the red jersey during camp.
25 of 47 position players on the two deep roster are sophomore’s or younger. That includes 5 of 10 offensive linemen. 8 of the 10 offensive linemen have eligibility for next year. Each of the five starters listed hails from the state of Iowa.
Iowa lists seven senior starters, the fewest of any roster in the Ferentz era.
13 of the 47 position players listed are from the state of Iowa.