“First rule of Wall Street - Nobody - and I don’t care if you’re Warren Buffet or Jimmy Buffet - nobody knows if a stock’s going up, down or sideways, least of all stockbrokers. But we have to pretend we know.” – Mark Hanna, “Wolf of Wall Street”
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first edition of the Iowa football Stock Watch.
Stock Watch is simple – It’s whose stock is rising or falling after a game. Consider it judgement based off a player’s recent performance. An overreaction of sorts. Just not on a Monday.
Anyway, here’s a look at whose stock is trending upward and downward after Iowa’s 20-0 victory over Northwestern on Oct. 26.
Stock up: running back Tyler Goodson
I wrote Overreaction Monday on this, but we got a taste of just how smoothly the offense clicks when Tyler Goodson is the feature back. On Iowa’s first drive of the second half against Northwestern, Goodson had eight carries for 48 yards. That was the first time against the Wildcats the offense strung together a cohesive drive that ended in six.
Through eight games, Goodson has 83 touches (second-most on the team) for 453 scrimmage yards (third-most). His 13 touches (11 carries, two receptions) against Northwestern was the most he’s had in Big Ten play.
It’s not unreasonable to expect his volume to increase going forward, especially after a performance like he had against Northwestern’s defense (which isn’t terrible, for the record).
Stock up: tight end Sam LaPorta
Tight end alert! Injuries paved the way for freshman Sam LaPorta to see the field against Northwestern, and he showed off.
Watch this play, as quarterback Nate Stanley tosses a pass to LaPorta. The tight end out-jumps his defender and continues to eat up yards.
End result: 41 yards. That’s the longest play this season involving a Hawkeye tight end. Inject that into my veins.
We haven’t seen anything like that from the other Iowa tight ends this season.
Stock down: wide receiver Oliver Martin
Where is Oliver Martin?
Brandon Smith goes down with injury. Tyrone Tracy Jr. steps in his place to start. Calvin Lockett backs Tracy up, leaving Martin nowhere to be found.
Martin registered a whopping total of two snaps against Northwestern, both running plays.
I find it hard to believe that Martin is the sixth-best receiver on the team (Smith, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Tracy, Nico Ragaini, and Calvin Lockett have been listed above him).
Martin hasn’t had a catch since Iowa’s win over Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 28. That was over a month ago.
After getting four receptions, one touchdown, and a rushing attempt in Iowa’s first two games, he’s essentially nowhere to be found.
Stock up: wide receiver Tyrone Tracy Jr.
Tyrone Tracy Jr. has quietly been one of Iowa’s best surprises this year.
This season, Tracy has 17 catches for 306 yards and a pair of touchdowns. What stands out the most is his yards per catch: 18.
His touchdown against Northwestern showcased just that.
This has been arguably the best offensive play for Iowa this season, especially during conference play. With Martin MIA and Brandon Smith injured, Tracy could easily cement himself as the No. 2 receiver alongside Ihmir Smith-Marsette.