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Monday, September 1, 2008
Christensen the clear starter on Iowa depth chart

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Iowa just released its depth chart for Saturday's game (page 2) against Florida International and for what it's worth, an "OR" no longer separates quarterbacks Jake Christensen and Ricky Stanzi. Christensen is the clear starter even though the junior split snaps with Stanzi in Saturday's win against Maine.

"I don't want to say it's open," Ferentz said after the game of his quarterback spot. "Jake is still our starter, so I would say it's tilting his way, but both guys are playing well, and we're going to keep watching it and watch the tape."

Christensen completed 9 of 15 passes for 122 yards with a touchdown and an interception against Maine, while Stanzi went 9-for-14 for 90 yards passing. Ferentz's desire for a clear starter is understandable, but Christensen has to do more to cement himself and Iowa should continue to take a long look at Stanzi. Christensen led five scoring drives but also made some questionable throws, which have been his bugaboo.

There were a lot fewer questions regarding potential starters for Week 2. The only other "OR" separated junior Rafael Eubanks and sophomore Julian Vandervelde, who are competing for the starting left guard spot.

Freshman running back Jewel Hampton surprisingly didn't make the two-deep after his strong debut Saturday. Paki O'Meara remains the primary backup for Shonn Greene. Linebacker Pat Angerer remains a backup at middle linebacker despite an interception Saturday.