The Iowa Hawkeyes are set to get some relative reprieve in week three after amassing a pair of top-25 wins in the first two weeks of the 2021 season. This week sees the Hawkeyes playing host to the Kent State Golden Flashes of the MAC.
As you might expect following a pair of big time wins, including a monster road win against a top-10 opponent in a rivalry game, the Hawkeyes have but a few minor changes to the depth chart entering the week. And Hawkeye fans will be glad to see one of them.
Here’s a look at how things stand on the Iowa two-deeps ahead of Saturday’s matchup with the Kent State Golden Flashes.
- This is the one we’ve been waiting for. Kyler Schott makes his triumphant return to the offensive line in week three. We’ll see how much action he gets in his return to the lineup, but he’s officially listed as the backup at right guard behind starter Justin Britt.
- Logan Lee is officially listed as a starter at defensive tackle. This comes after actually starting the last two weeks. It’s not a major surprise here given how things have taken shape each of the last two weeks, but interesting to see the official depth chart reflect what we have seen to start the last two games.
- The Logan Lee change is perhaps most notable because of a change we don’t see. That’s Jackson Ritter continuing to be left off the two-deeps despite clearly being the #4 receiver in the rotation. While Keagan Johnson came in with all the recruiting hype and headlines throughout camp, Ritter has been a staple in the offense through two weeks as a blocking specialist who also has made some decent plays in the passing game.
- The only other thing to point out here is the lack of any change at long snapper. We saw an errant snap on Iowa’s first field goal attempt in Ames that resulted in Luke Elgin (no name on his jersey and all) replacing Austin Spiewak. This may be something to watch this week.
Clearly, the biggest item to monitor for Hawkeye fans will be the status of Kyler Schott. The redshirt senior has missed Iowa’s first two games in which the offense has often stalled out. Despite the hot start to the season, there remain significant questions about whether the Hawkeye offense can win a game when called upon.
While much focus has been placed on the development of junior QB Spencer Petras, Iowa’s offensive line has struggled to get much going through two weeks. Adding veteran leadership in Schott would certainly help.
The Hawkeyes are set to face off with the Kent State Golden Flashes at 2:30pm CT on Saturday from Kinnick Stadium. This week’s game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.