Heading into the 11th game of the season, this week’s Iowa lineup will look a lot like last week’s Iowa lineup.
This week’s depth chart tweaks, Josey Jewell closing in on Chad Greenway on the Iowa career tackles list and more are all part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10, your daily dose of Iowa football news and notes.
1. There are only two changes on the Iowa depth chart for Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. game at Purdue, both in the secondary and both involving starters.
At strong safety where Miles Taylor started in place of injured Amani Hooker at Wisconsin last weekend, both share the top spot on the depth chart this week.
At right cornerback, Michael Ojemudia shares the top line with Manny Rugamba, who was injured during second half of last week’s game.
Defensive tackle Matt Nelson, who left the field during the first half of that game, is listed as Iowa’s starting left tackle on defense for the Purdue game.
2. Offensive lineman Sean Welsh believes a combination of mistakes by the Hawkeyes and near-perfect defensive execution by Wisconsin led to Iowa’s offensive problems last week against the Badgers.
“It usually is a combination of both,’’ the senior guard said. “We need to credit Wisconsin for playing a good game, but we weren’t at our best either and that’s what we need to focus on now, raising our level of consistency and executing the way we know we are capable of executing.’’
3. With Josh Jackson returning two interceptions for touchdowns against Wisconsin, Iowa now has for pick sixes this season.
Brandon Snyder returned one 88 yards against Illinois and Amani Hooker had a 30-yard return for a score against Ohio State before Jackson ran interceptions back 43 and 52 yards on Saturday against the Badgers.
The four pick sixes ties an Iowa single-season record initially set in 1995 and matched in 2010 and 2015.
4. Wisconsin has now won five of the last six games it has played against Iowa, but coach Kirk Ferentz isn’t into comparing the then and now.
“It’s pretty much been a back-and-forth series. They’ve got a really good football team and (Saturday) we played the 2017 team and that’s the only one that counts,’’ Ferentz said. “You can see why they were 9-0 and are now 10-0. They’ve earned that.’’
Ferentz-coached Iowa teams are 7-10 against the Badgers.
5. Iowa junior Josh Jackson shared Big Ten defensive player of the week honors for the second straight week following his performance in Iowa’s loss at Wisconsin.
The left cornerback returned interceptions 43 and 52 yards, forced a fumble, had three tackles and broke up a pass in the Hawkeyes’ 38-14 loss to the Badgers.
Jackson shared the award with Wisconsin senior linebacker Leon Jacobs, who recovered two fumbles and returned one 21 yards for a touchdown in the Badgers’ win.
Quarterback Demry Croft of Minnesota and running back Mike Weber of Ohio State shared Big Ten offensive player of the week honors.
Croft rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Nebraska while Weber had a personal-best 162 rushing yards on nine carries and scored twice in a win over Michigan State.
Minnesota’s Rodney Smith was named the Big Ten special teams player of the week after returning the opening kickoff 100 yards and rushing for 134 yards in the Golden Gophers’ win over the Cornhuskers.
Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor was named the Big Ten freshman of the week for the sixth time after rushing for 157 yards on 29 carries against Iowa.
6. Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell finished with 12 tackles at Wisconsin, the 20th double-digit tackle performance of the senior linebacker’s career and his sixth of the season.
Jewell now has 405 career tackles and is sixth on Iowa’s career tackle charts.
He passed James Morris, who finished with 400 tackles, with his effort against the Badgers and is now 11 tackles shy of Chad Greenway in the fifth spot on the list.
7. Brycen Hopkins, Purdue’s fifth-leading receiver and a back-up tight end, is the son of Moline alum Brad Hopkins.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound sophomore has 20 catches for 303 yards and is averaging 15.2 yards per catch this season for the Boilermakers.
Hopkins’ father, who teamed with former Hawkeye Acie Earl on the frontline of a Moline basketball team, earned all-American honors on the offensive line for Illinois and went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL.
8. Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor left his mark on the Iowa defense, piling up 157 yards and scoring his Big Ten-leading 13th touchdown in the Badgers’ 38-14 win over Iowa.
“It’s the first time we’ve seen him and he’s a very good player, a very strong player,’’ Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.
The effort against the Hawkeyes allowed Taylor to become the 10th Wisconsin running back to run for 1,500 yards in a season.
9. Former Hawkeye Angelo Garbutt was named Monday by the Missouri Valley Conference as the league’s newcomer of the week.
The sophomore linebacker, now playing at Missouri State, had a season-high 17 tackles and recorded one sack in a 25-10 loss to Northern Iowa.
Garbutt has finished with double-digit tackle totals in each of his last three games.
10. Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick and former Iowa football coach Hayden Fry will be among a group of six individuals honored by the University of Iowa on Wednesday for exceptional service to their country and the Hawkeye community.
The pair will join David Drake, who grew up in Clinton, Luther Smith, Jeremy Williams and Willard “Sandy’’ Boyd in receiving the Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Memorial Award during a ceremony at 5 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union.