The first Iowa depth chart released for the 2022 college football season. Today we are looking at the offense. The Hawkeyes report to camp today and there is still time for the starting lineup to look different at kickoff.
The Iowa depth chart is headlined by the quarterback position. Senior Spencer Petras is holding onto the starting quarterback position heading into his third full season at the helm. He completed 165 passes for 1,880 yards at a 57.3-percent clip in 2021, tossing 10 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Behind him is junior Alex Padilla, who saw action in eight games last season.
A pair of sophomores take over the running back position after Tyler Goodson left for the NFL. Gavin Williams will start with Leshon Williams in relief. Iowa tends to spread the ball around between backs of different styles, so we should see a healthy dose of both players. Gavin, who has 333 rushing yards for his career, considers himself a power runner who plays the interior game.
The fullback position still belongs to Monte Pottebaum, the 6’1, 244-pound senior. Senior Turner Pallissard backs Pottebaum up.
Wide receivers Keagan Johnson and Nico Ragaini are listed as the starters on the outside with Arland Bruce IV and redshirt freshman Alec Wick backing them up. Ragaini led the group of returning receivers with 26 catches for 331 yards last season.
The tight end position will again be a focal point in the offense with dual options in Sam LaPorta and sophomore Luke Lachey. According to Des Moines Register and Hawk Central reporter Chad Leistikow, the pair aim to replicate what Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson brought to the program in 2018. LaPorta has taken to guiding Lachey under his wing over the last year, helping the big 6’6 target grow as a football player.
Sophomore Logan Jones steps into the center role where Tyler Linderbaum played last season. He is flanked by sophomores Tyler Elsbury and Mason Richman to his left and Connor Colby and Jack Plumb to the right. There are three redshirt freshmen in backup linemen positions in Beau Stephens, David Davidkov and Michael Myslinski. Plumb and Jack Fagan are the only seniors in the trenches and junior Nick DeJong will back up plumb.