Following a win over Minnesota where we saw a handful of new faces on Iowa’s defense, the football team released its two-deeps for the game against Indiana this week and well we’re going to have to get used to some of those faces I suppose.
Here’s the offense:
And the defense:
And the gist:
- Obviously the big shakeups are at corner, where it looks like true freshmen Julius Brents and Riley Moss get to start their second consecutive game. Moss had two interceptions and Brents had one last week, but they were kinda sorta gift wrapped from Minnesota’s true freshman walk-on at QB. Indiana has a much deadlier passing attack and quarterback than Minnesota and I’m not super confident about these two starting. Since Michael Ojemudia and Matt Hankins both dressed for the Minnesota game (and I believe Ojemudia saw a handful of snaps) something tells me we won’t see as much of the freshmen corners in this game as we did against Minnesota.
- Linebacker is pretty banged up as well. Jack Hockaday limped to the locker room in the second quarter of the Minnesota game and returned to the field in a knee brace, so his absence is notable. Barrington Wade, Kristian Welch and Djimon Colbert are your starting linebackers this week. Expect a healthy dose of Amani Jones (in the second half if his BS targeting call sticks) while we could see the first of Seth Benson and/or Dillon Doyle this week. Welch played sparingly against Minnesota so I’m not certain of his status either.
- There were whispers Amani Hooker would/could move to OLB with the current status of the LB room. I don’t see that happening.
- No shakeups that I noticed on the offensive side of the ball. Ivory Kelly-Martin left the game late to go to the locker room and I don’t think he returned? He’s RB1 for Indiana, and Toren Young is listed ahead of Mekhi Sargent for RB2 but Sargent clearly has been looked at before Young by the coaches. Which has been puzzling at times. We’ll see if Young gets put in a drawer again this weekend.