Iowa Hawkeyes: 2022 defensive depth chart

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With the Big Ten Media Days kicking off today and training camp right around the corner, it was only a matter of time before we got the chance to get our eyes on a depth chart.

The Iowa Hawkeyes released their first official depth chart today. To do some level-setting before getting into it, there aren’t a ton of surprises or unexpected names among most positions. The depth chart is very much as to be expected with an older team like the Hawkeyes usually are.

Defensively, there are eight names listed for four spots with no duplications. The depth in the interior is trending in the right direction for the Hawkeyes and could prove to be a strong point of their entire defense.

Linebackers may be the most set position on this team. We know the names. Campbell, Jacobs, Benson. This is as set in stone as it gets.

The secondary is going to be a slew of names that are familiar and if I had to guess, some rotational play based on the opponent’s offensive scheme. I think the Hawkeyes have a plan of attack whether facing an aerial attack or ground game and will change names accordingly. I view this as more of who will play opposed to a traditional depth chart.

As far as special teams, not many changes here. The punt unit should be one of the best in the country once again. Kicking duties could see a bit of shuffling as the Hawkeyes look to find who will be taking on those duties next. This is a two-man battle that will decide itself in camp. One bit of interest in that no punt or kick returner was listed. That tells me those spots are truly wide open and something to stay watching.

This depth chart is just the first and we haven’t begun camp yet. As players step up in camp or show something or unfortunate injuries occur, this is far from a finished piece and will undoubtedly be constantly in flux. Nonetheless, let’s take a dive into the Hawkeyes first official depth chart.

Defensive End

Left Defensive End

  • Starter: John Waggoner

  • Second String: Ethan Hurkett

Right Defensive End

  • Starter: Joe Evans

  • Second String: Deontae Craig

Defensive Tackle

Left Defensive Tackle

  • Starter: Noah Shannon

  • Second String: Lukas Van Ness

Right Defensive Tackle

  • Starter: Logan Lee

  • Second String: Yahya Black



  • Starter: Jack Campbell

  • Second String: Jay Higgins

Weakside Linebacker

  • Starter: Seth Benson

  • Second String: Kyler Fisher

Outside Linebacker

  • Starter: Jestin Jacobs


Left Cornerback

  • Starter: Jermari Harris

  • Second String: Terry Roberts

Right Cornerback

  • Starter: Riley Moss

  • Second String: Brenden Desfernandes


Strong Safety

  • Starter: Kaevon Merriweather

  • Second String: Cooper DeJean

Free Safety

  • Starter: Quinn Schulte

  • Second String: Reggie Bracy


  • Starter: Cooper DeJean

  • Second String: Sebastian Castro

Special Teams


  • Starter: Tory Taylor


  • Starter: Aaron Blom/Drew Stevens

Long Snapper

  • Starter: Luke Elkin

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