IOWA CITY, Iowa — Right tackle Ike Boettger was left off Iowa’s depth chart Monday as the fifth-year senior likely will miss the rest of the season with a right Achilles tendon injury.
That led to major shuffling along Iowa’s offensive line as it prepares for its nonconference finale against North Texas this Saturday (2:30 p.m. CT, ESPN2). Replacing Boettger is senior Sean Welsh, who opened the first two games at right guard. Welsh, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 295 pounds, has 37 career starts, including 3 at right tackle.
Replacing Welsh at right guard is junior Keegan Render, who started the first game at center and the second at left guard. Junior Ross Reynolds, who started the first game at left guard, is slated to replace Render. Senior Boone Myers, a regular starter at left tackle, remains limited with a high-ankle sprain. He played sparingly as a reserve in Iowa’s first two games. He was listed as the primary backup at left tackle and left guard.
Dating to last November, it’s the sixth straight game Iowa has fielded a different offensive line combination.
“We pretty much practice, two, three positions,” Iowa center James Daniels said. “Something like that happens, we’re used to having somebody move and move and it happened last week. I went down last week in practice. It happens all the time.”
One other change up front is redshirt freshman Spencer Williams is listed as the team’s second-team center, replacing fellow redshirt freshman Cole Banwart.
Both Iowa fullbacks played an even amount vs. Iowa State, but sophomore Brady Ross was placed ahead of senior Drake Kulick on the depth chart. Last week, Kulick was the starter.
Additionally, freshman Ihmir Smith-Marsette, who caught 2 touchdown passes against the Cyclones, earned mention as a second-team selection at wide receiver. Smith-Marsette replaced sophomore Devonte Young and junior Matt Quarells, both of whom were considered co-backups to Nick Easley.
Iowa (2-0) announced no defensive or special teams changes for its upcoming game with North Texas (1-1). ESPN2’s announcing crew consists of Anish Shroff as the play-by-play broadcaster, Ahmad Brooks as the color analyst and Roddy Jones as another analyst.
Quarterback Nate Stanley, who passed for 333 yards and 5 touchdowns against Iowa State, was named the Big Ten co-offensive player of the week. Running back Akrum Wadley earned recognition by the Paul Hornung Honor Roll after compiling 260 total yards against the Cyclones. Wadley averages 203 yards of total offense to rank second in the Big Ten and fourth nationally.