The Iowa Hawkeyes are set to enter the meat and potatoes of the Big Ten football schedule while riding a 10-game winning streak and the longest active non-conference winning streak in the Big Ten.
With such momentum, it should come as no surprise that when the Hawkeyes released their depth chart ahead of Friday’s matchup with the Maryland Terrapins, there are very few changes from a week ago. However, there is one notable change to the starting lineup as we move into week five.
Here’s a look at this week’s full depth chart.
- Let’s kill the suspense and get to the big change: Iowa officially has a new starting long snapper. We saw Luke Elkin make his debut against Iowa State after an errant snap on a FG that cost Iowa 3 points. Since then both players have earned some.... snaps. But now we officially see Elkin listed as the starter. Guessing he has his name on his jersey at this point.
- It’s interesting to see no changes for Iowa along the OL. Given Justin Britt was unable to go on Saturday, it’s a surprise to see him listed as the starter again. Perhaps he’s getting healthy?
- It’s worth noting on this front that Iowa actually started last week with backup RT Connor Colby as the starter at RG. He 33 snaps on the day compared to 27 for Kyler Schott, who is still listed as the backup RG. Tyler Linderbaum and Mason Richman each logged 56 snaps to lead the team, followed closely by Cody Ince at 52.
- Regardless of the depth chart, it’s safe to bet Shooter is back into the starting lineup this week for the return to Big Ten play. The question then becomes whether there are any other shakeups. It seems the line may be solidified with Ince at LG and DeJong logging more than 70% of the snaps at RT.
- Spencer Petras is still listed as the starting QB, which will surely frustrate someone, somewhere.
And that’s really it. More winning, more weeks with no changes to the depth chart.
Iowa and Maryland are set for a 7pm CT kick on Friday evening from College Park. The “blackout” game will be broadcast on FS1.