Iowa’s future quarterback situation and depth chart
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With the loss of both weigers and Boyle. Do the Hawkeyes have their sights set on a QB in 2019 that they are going to push hard for like Grant Gunnell, Graham Mertz, Easton Dean, or do you think they will move Drew Cook back to QB from TE, and wait until 2020 for their QB?
— Nicholas Reno (@nicholas_reno) March 30, 2018
ANSWER: Iowa has a few changes at quarterback with the 2018 season. Tyler Wiegers, who lost a competition with Nate Stanley for the starting position last summer, graduated in December and now is slated to start at Eastern Michigan. Ryan Boyle, who was the third-team quarterback, will graduate in May, transfer to another program and have two seasons to play football.
That leaves redshirt freshman Peyton Mansell (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and incoming freshman Spencer Petras (6-5, 227), who has joined the program early, as the team’s scholarship backups to Stanley. Should Petras redshirt this year, junior walk-on Ryan Schmidt would be the third quarterback. In fact, Schmidt might be the third quarterback no matter what. Schmidt (6-5, 235) was Cedar Rapids’ Metro Player of the Year as a senior at Linn-Mar and was second-team all-state. He was the third quarterback for the game at Nebraska last year, not Boyle.
Iowa generally recruits one quarterback per year, so it’s likely the Hawkeyes sign one in the 2019 class. Currently, Graham Mertz is committed to Wisconsin and Easton Dean is committed to Iowa State. According to Rivals, Iowa has offers to four other 2019 quarterbacks: Max Duggan, Taisun Phommachanh, Sam Johnson III and Grant Gunnell.
Duggan, who lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is well-known and has offers from several national powers, including Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame and Georgia. While Iowa also has offered Duggan, the program also is looking at many other quarterbacks. Johnson III is from the Detroit area and has interest and offers from several Big Ten teams. Phommachanh, a Connecticut native, has offers from 20-plus schools. Gunnell is the nation’s No. 2-ranked QB and lives in Houston. He’d be the toughest to land. It’s a strong possibility Iowa could sign a quarterback who’s not on the radar right now.
As for Drew Cook, he’s all-in at tight end and has just two years left in his college career. The only way I could see him heading back to quarterback is in an emergency role.
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