Your Northern Illinois two deeps . . .

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March 31, 2014 | 11:28 pm

Four true freshmen made it into Iowa's two deeps for the season opener next weekend against Northern Illinois (0-0).

-- Connor Kornbrath has earned the nod as No. 1 punter.

During last week's scrimmage, Kornbrath averaged 40.7 yards on four punts with a hang time ranging from line drive 3.6 seconds to a respectable 4.7.

-- Greg Garmon and Michael Malloy are listed as co-backups to sophomore Damon Bullock at running back. Sophomore Jordan Canzeri returned to practice this week after suffering a torn ACL in late March. Maybe a mid-October return or Canzeri redshirts.

-- Kevin Buford is listed as the No. 2 right cornerback behind senior Micah Hyde. Thought maybe another true freshman, Sean Draper, would slide in here, but he missed last week's open scrimmage for unspecified reasons.

-- Looks like a possible no-redshirt for juco OL Eric Simmons. He's listed as No. 2 right guard behind senior Matt Tobin. Simmons transferred from Iowa Western and has four years to play three.

-- No. 2 QB is Jake Rudock. That means possible redshirt for juco Cody Sokol.

-- It looks as though sophomore Carl Davis has won a defensive tackle spot. The 6-5, 310-pounder is listed as a No. 1 with Louis Trinca-Pasat. Redshirt frosh Darian Cooper is LTP's backup.

-- Looks as though Mark Weisman has won fullback. The transfer from Air Force is listed as the starter ahead of junior Brad Rogers and senior Jonathan Gimm.

-- Senior Steve Bigach is listed as possible starter at both DE positions. Senior Joe Gaglione left last week's scrimmage after getting hit in the head. Junior Dominic Alvis will be seeing his first action since an ACL tear vs. Michigan last November. Expect to see Bigach.

SE 6 *** Keenan Davis ^6-3 215 Sr.

17 Jacob Hillyer 6-4 205 #Fr.

LT 68 * Brandon Scherff 6-5 310 So.

78 Andrew Donnal 6-7 302 So.

LG 60 * Matt Tobin 6-6 290 Sr.

58 Eric Simmons ^ 6-2 295 So.

C 53 ** James Ferentz 6-2 284 Sr.

59 Connor Boffeli 6-5 290 Jr.

RG 63 Austin Blythe 6-3 275 #Fr.

65 Jordan Walsh 6-4 270 #Fr.

RT 70 ** Brett Van Sloten 6-7 292 Jr.

76 * Nolan MacMillan 6-6 290 Jr.

TE 86 ** C.J. Fiedorowicz ^ 6-7 265 Jr.

82 * Ray Hamilton ^6-5 248 So.

QB 16 *** James Vandenberg 6-3 212 Sr.

15 Jake Rudock 6-3 200 #Fr.

WR11 * Kevonte Martin-Manley 6-0 205 So.

83 * Steven Staggs 6-3 195 Sr.

RB 32 * Damon Bullock ^ 6-0 195 So.

4 Greg Garmon ^6-1 200 Fr.

OR 26 Michael Malloy ^6-0 180 Fr.

FB45 Mark Weisman 6-0 225 So.

38 ** Brad Rogers 5-10 230 Jr.

OR92 ** Jonathan Gimm 6-3 240 Sr.

PK 96 ** Mike Meyer ^ 6-2 185 Jr.

1 Marshall Koehn 6-0 160 #Fr.

LE 54 * Steve Bigach 6-3 282 Sr.

OR 99 Joe Gaglione 6-4 264 Sr.

49 Melvin Spears 6-2 255 #Fr.

LT 71 Carl Davis 6-5 310 So.

98 Mike Hardy 6-5 270 So.

RT 90 Louis Trinca-Pasat 6-3 270 So.

97 Darian Cooper 6-2 280 #Fr.

RE 79 * Dominic Alvis 6-4 265 Jr.

OR54 * Steve Bigach 6-3 282 Sr.

49 Melvin Spears 6-2 255 #Fr.

OLB 20 ** Christian Kirksey ^ 6-2 220 Jr.

39 Travis Perry 6-3 230 #Fr.

MLB44 ** James Morris ^ 6-2 230 Jr.

42 Macon Plewa 6-2 225 #Fr.

OR * 52 Quinton Alston ^6-2 224 So.

WLB 31 ** Anthony Hitchens ^ 6-1 224 Jr.

55 Marcus Collins ^6-0 215 #So.

LC 19 ** B.J. Lowery ^ 5-11 188 Jr.

2 *** Greg Castillo 5-11 187 Sr.

SS 21 * Nico Law ^ 6-1 195 So.

OR 13 ** Tom Donatell 6-2 205 Sr.

FS 5 ** Tanner Miller ^ 6-2 201 Jr.

37 * John Lowdermilk ^ 6-2 203 So.

RC 18 *** Micah Hyde ^ 6-1 190 Sr.

14 Kevin Buford ^5-10 170 Fr.

PT 98 Connor Kornbrath 6-6 215 Fr.

14 * John Wienke 6-5 220 Sr.

Punt returns: 18 *** Micah Hyde ^ 6-1 190 Sr.

Kickoff returns: 6 *** Keenan Davis 6-3 215 Sr.;32 * Damon Bullock ^ 6-0 195 So.

Deep Snaps: 61 * Casey Kreiter 6-3 250 Jr.

54 * Steve Bigach 6-3 282 Sr.

Holder: 14 * John Wienke 6-5 220 Sr.

* - Letters won

^ - Redshirt year still available

# - Indicates redshirt freshman

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