Iowa depth chart out: QB still unclear

August, 21, 2008
8/21/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Iowa's depth chart for the season opener against Maine is out, and there's one very important word listed next to the quarterback position: Or.

Incumbent Jake Christensen or sophomore Ricky Stanzi could start at quarterback for the Hawkeyes. I'd be surprised if Christensen doesn't walk out there first, but this could be a message from coach Kirk Ferentz that the junior's preseason performance didn't meet expectations. Ferentz certainly didn't sound happy with the offense after Iowa's scrimmage last Saturday. Redshirt freshman Marvin McNutt is listed at No. 3.

Also, Shonn Greene wasn't listed on the depth chart at running back. He still appears to be in the mix, but walk-on Paki O'Meara is listed as the No. 1 back ahead of Nate Guillory.

Other notable items:

  • Three offensive line positions are unsettled. Returning starter Rafael Eubanks or Rob Bruggeman will start at center, with Bruggeman listed first. Andy Kuempel or Bryan Bulaga will start at left tackle, with Kuempel listed first. Julian Vandervelde or Dan Doering will start at left guard, with Vandervelde listed first.
  • Sophomore Jacody Coleman or junior Pat Angerer (great name) will start at middle linebacker, with Coleman listed first.
  • Senior Harold Dalton is in a battle to retain his spot at strong safety. Dalton or sophomore Lance Tillison will start the opener, with Tillison listed first.

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