There’s a newcomer at an old position at the top of Iowa’s football depth chart at tailback.
As the Hawkeyes prepare to open fall camp today, returning starting fullback Brad Rogers now shares the first-team position at tailback with Damon Bullock.
Iowa released a revised depth chart Thursday after the dismissal of backup De’Andre Johnson from the team that illustrates the Hawkeyes’ lack of depth at the position as the team begins working toward its Sept. 1 season opener against Northern Illinois.
Bullock, a sophomore who gained 20 yards on 10 carries last season, maintains the position he has held since the end of spring drills but now shares the first-team listing with Rogers.
Two true freshmen — Barkley Hill of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Greg Garmon of Erie, Pa. — are listed on the depth chart as well, sharing the backup role.
Even before Johnson’s dismissal, coach Kirk Ferentz indicated plans to look at a number of possibilities at tailback during fall camp, saying it was likely that one or both of the true freshmen could see the field this fall.
“We’ll look at every available running back on the roster,” Ferentz said. “Anybody who can help us will be given a chance to do so.”
Rogers has experience as a tailback, beginning his college career there after playing the position at Ohio’s Toledo Central Catholic High School.
The physical nature of his game and his blocking ability quickly led to a move to fullback in college, where he made his first start seven games into the 2010 season as a redshirt freshman.
Rogers, who has totaled 83 yards on 14 carries, did line up at tailback in some one-back sets during the spring. He continues to be listed as the Hawkeyes’ starting fullback.
Thursday’s depth chart also included changes elsewhere.
Senior Steve Bigach moved from right end to left end on defense, sharing the top line with Joe Gaglione, and redshirt freshman Torrey Campbell is listed as the second-team left cornerback in place of injured Jordan Lomax.
Another true freshman, Connor Kornbrath, is listed as a backup punter for the first time.