Your Minnesota two deeps (with some analysis for '11)

Published: November 22 2010 | 2:51 pm - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 8:52 am in

Offense

SE -- 15 *** Derrell Johnson-Koulianos 6-1 200 Sr. Campbell, OH (Cardinal Mooney); 22 *** Colin Sandeman ^ 6-1 200 Sr. Bettendorf, IA (HS) (Sandeman played after missing Northwestern. Iowa play-by-play radio voice Gary Dolphin said during Saturday's broadcast that Sandeman has a sprained foot, sprained ankle and turf toe. That's what he said.)

LT -- 77 * Riley Reiff 6-6 300 So. Parkson, SD (HS); 69 Kyle Haganman 6-5 285 Sr. Osage, IA (HS) (Who's the N0.3 tackle next season? Van Sloten, probably.)

LG -- 63 *** Julian Vandervelde 6-3 300 Sr. Davenport, IA (Central); 73 Adam Gettis 6-4 280 Jr. Frankfort, IL (Lincoln Way East) (Gettis is back in the two deep. He's been fighting an ankle injury. Hasn't played since Michigan State. I don't think he's tried it since.)

C -- 53 James Ferentz 6-2 275 So. Iowa City, IA (City); 59 Conor Boffeli 6-5 285 #Fr. West Des Moines, IA (Valley) (Does Boffeli get Vandervelde's guard spot next season? Coaches love him.) 

RG -- 67 ** Josh Koeppel 6-2 273 Sr. Iowa City, IA (City); 76 Nolan MacMillan 6-6 288 #Fr. Toronto, Ontario (Hun, NJ) (MacMillan has tried to rebound the last couple weeks from shoulder/neck, but hasn't been able to perform.)

RT-- 56 * Markus Zusevics 6-5 295 Jr. Arlington Heights, IL (Prospect); 70 Brett Van Sloten 6-7 290 #Fr. Decorah, IA (HS) (I expect these two to be 1-2 next season here, too. O-line is the healthiest position going into 2011. Donnal and Scherff are good prospects, too.)

TE -- 82 *** Allen Reisner ^ 6-3 248 Sr. Marion, IA (HS); 39 ** Brad Herman ^ 6-5 247 Jr. Metamora, IL (HS) (Next year, Herman No. 1 and C.J. Fiedorowicz and Zach Derby fighting for No. 2. Iowa runs a lot of two TE. One is on the line; the other motions into H-back.)

QB -- 12 ** Ricky Stanzi 6-4 230 Sr. Mentor, OH (Lake Catholic); 16 * James Vandenberg 6-3 212 So. Keokuk, IA (HS) (Vandenberg is your No. 1 going into 2011. It's his to lose. I doubt he loses it.)

WR -- 7 * Marvin McNutt, Jr. 6-4 215 Jr. St. Louis, MO (Hazelwood Central); 6 * Keenan Davis ^ 6-3 215 So. Cedar Rapids, IA (Washington) (I assume Davis gets DJK's minutes/touches next year. I assume. Who's the 3? Don Shumpert will get a real look.)

RB -- 34 Marcus Coker ^ 6-0 230 Fr. Beltsville, MD (Dematha Catholic); 38 Brad Rogers 5-10 215 #Fr. Toledo, OH (Central Catholic) (Coker has a real shot here to make some headway for 2011. Like it or not, he needs to make up ground in the trust dept., as in have the coaches get more comfortable with him. Otherwise, how can you not like what you've seen?)

FB -- 36 *** Brett Morse 6-3 238 Sr. Willowbrook, IL (Hinsdale Central); 38 Brad Rogers 5-10 215 #Fr. Toledo, OH (Central Catholic) (I liked what I've seen out of Rogers here. I loved Morse this year. I think he get an NFL shot.)

PK -- 96 Mike Meyer ^ 6-2 175 Fr. Dubuque, IA (Wahlert); 8 * Trent Mossbrucker 6-0 204 So. Mooresville, IN (HS) (Don't go anywhere, Trent Mossbrucker. I fully expect this to be wide open in the spring.)

Defense

DE -- 94 *** Adrian Clayborn 6-4 285 Sr. St. Louis, MO (Webster Groves); 58 ** Lebron Daniel 6-2 250 Jr. Cleveland, OH (Glenville) (Daniel assumes the position next season. I don't see a contender, unless Dominic Alvis or Joe Forgy leap forward.)

DT -- 95 ** Karl Klug 6-4 270 Sr. Caledonia, MN (HS); 54 Steve Bigach 6-3 272 So. Cleveland, OH (St. Ignatius) (Bigach is going t0 have to fight off Carl Davis. DT might have some depth issues in '11. I think Karl Klug has made the most surprising strides in my 12 years on this beat.)

DT -- 93 * Mike Daniels 6-1 275 Jr. Blackwood, NJ (Highland Regional); 87 Thomas Nardo 6-3 277 Jr. Lancaster, PA (Catholic) (Daniels is the man here. He has been Iowa's most consistent disruptor up front this season.)

DE -- 46 *** Christian Ballard ^ 6-5 297 Sr. Lawrence, KS (Free State); 91 ** Broderick Binns 6-2 261 Jr. St. Paul, MN (Cretin-Derham Hall) (Binns would probably be the first one to tell you he didn't particularly enjoy '10. Expect a major rebound.)

OLB -- 48 *** Troy Johnson 6-2 235 Sr. Lakeland, FL (HS); 97 * Ross Petersen 6-3 236 Sr. Durant, IA (HS) (Tyler Nielsen will recover from a broken vertbrae and resume his position as No. 1 here. Dakota Getz is probably the No. 2.)

MLB -- 44 James Morris ^ 6-2 215 Fr. Solon, IA (HS); 37 Shane DiBona 6-2 230 #Fr. Duxbury, MA (HS) (Can't say enough about Morris. He's No. 1 for as long as he wants to be.)

WLB -- 42 *** Jeremiha Hunter 6-2 235 Sr. York, PA (Harrisburg Science & Tech); 37 Shane DiBona 6-2 230 #Fr. Duxbury, MA (HS) (DiBona has first dibbs here. Christian Kirksey also will be in the mix.)

LC ............... 28 ** Shaun Prater ^ 5-11 180 Jr. Omaha, NE (Central); 2 * Greg Castillo 5-11 180 So. Mount Laurel, NJ (St. Joseph’s Prep, PA) (I know there's some disagreement, but I really think Prater is terrific.)

SS -- 9 ** Tyler Sash 6-1 210 Jr. Oskaloosa, IA (HS); 13 Tom Donatell 6-2 205 Jr. Atlanta, GA (Peachtree Ridge) (Only thing that makes me wonder here is Sash keeps referring to himself as "old." I think he returns, though.)

FS -- 30 *** Brett Greenwood 6-0 200 Sr. Bettendorf, IA (Pleasant Valley); 49 Tanner Miller ^ 6-2 195 Fr. Kalona, IA (Mid-Prairie) (From Greenwood to Miller the baton goes. Miller is bigger. Legit 6-2. A year in Iowa strength and he'll be a fully sized Big Ten safety.)

RC -- 18 * Micah Hyde ^ 6-1 185 So. Fostoria, OH (HS); 19 B.J. Lowery ^ 5-11 180 Fr. Cincinnati, OH (Hughes) (Hyde has quietly become a good corner. He'll make mistakes, but he might be Iowa's most improved player outside of Mike Daniels.)

PT -- 5 *** Ryan Donahue 6-3 190 Sr. Evergreen Park, IL (St. Rita); 6 Eric Guthrie 6-6 245 Jr. Nevada, IA (HS) (Guthrie and Jonny Mullings will fight it out. Guthrie has dibbs, IMO.)

Specialists

Punt Returns: 26 Paul Chaney Jr. (Either Keenan or, maybe, Jordan Cotton?)

Kickoff Returns: 15 D. Johnson-Koulianos, 6 Keenan Davis; 7 Marvin McNutt, 26 Paul Chaney Jr. (Keenan and . . . Brandon Wegher?)

Deep Snaps: 65 Andrew Schulze, 61 Casey Kreiter (Looks like Kreiter or maybe Charlie Knipper)

Holder: 5 Ryan Donahue (John Wienke? Guthrie?)

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