The Iowa Hawkeyes kept up the good momentum with another win last week. The 26-20 victory over the Huskers was the closest of Iowa’s four wins this season, but it was enough to make it six in a row over Nebraska and four in a row in the 2020 season.
Following yet another victory, this week’s depth chart is predictably similar to a week ago with really only one change of note.
- After missing last week, Jack Kallenberger is officially off the depth chart this week
- Jack Plumb, who started a week ago, is listed as the starter in place of Kallenberger
- Nick DeJong, who had been listed as the backup to Kallenberger a week ago, has fallen off the depth chart with Coy Cronk listed as the primary backup to Plumb
Not a lot to take away here, but it is a bit of an interesting development that Jack Plumb appears to be in line for two straight starts at right tackle. Plumb, who came to Iowa as a prep tight end, certainly looks the part at 6’7” and 293 pounds. Who played pretty well in his first career start, but the line as a whole was noticeably worse last week.
The question really is whether the dropoff in run game production was a result of the line shakeup or something the Cornhuskers were doing defensively. Iowa seemed to get things going a bit more in the second half on Friday, which is a good sign for the matchup with Illinois this week.
It is worth noting that Cronk is apparently healthy enough to make the two-deeps, but has not won back his starting job. That has to be frustrating for a grad transfer who was looking to improve his NFL draft stock, but perhaps should be taken as a really strong sign for Hawkeye fans that Plumb may be the real deal. We’ll know more Saturday afternoon.