The Cyclones open preseason practice on Monday, Aug. 4. To get you ready for the season, AllCyclones.com will be gauging the depth at every position on the roster. In this installment, we're looking at the offensive tackles.
Projected Starters: LT Brock Dagel, Jr., Cherokee; RT Jacob Gannon, Sr., Iowa City
Projected Backups: LT Jake Campos, rFr., West Des Moines; RT Jacob Dunning, So., Leander (TX)
Other Players: Shawn Curtis, rFr., Orlando (FL); Nick Fett, So., Audobon; Kory Kodanko, Fr., Green Bay (WI); Brian Seda, So., Traer
The Leader:Brock Dagel
Dagel replaced a struggling Kyle Lichtenberg in the starting lineup against Iowa in the second game of 2013 and never looked back, starting the final 11 contests at strong tackle. It didn't take long for new line coach Brandon Blaney to realize he had a special left tackle on his hands this offseason. At 6-foot-8 and 303 pounds, Dagel can add up to 20 pounds and retain his agility, the former basketball and track star he is. There's an offensive tackle or two getting a lot of attention in Iowa City and if can Dagel build off a strong sophomore year, he'll be the state's best lineman this time next fall.
The Wildcard: Jake Campos
Coming off a redshirt season, Campos worked as the second-team right tackle in the spring until Dagel's leg was cut open in practice and the wound was subsequently infected. The Cyclones moved Campos to left tackle for the remainder of the session and all accounts are the former big-time recruit didn't miss a beat. Cross-training at both positions gives Campos immense value in his freshman season and he's expected to continue to push Gannon at right tackle and then be able to relieve both tackle spots.
The Future:Jake Campos
Our first "wildcard" and "future" double-dipper, but not the last. Campos strolled by the media pack yesterday wearing his Army All-American tee shirt, a subtle reminder that Allen Lazard, who had just been interviewed, isn't the only former all-star on the roster. Campos is working to add weight to his 6-foot-7 frame and will someday be Iowa State's starting left tackle, once Dagel graduates. For now his career track looks like this: Backup, starter at right tackle then starting left tackle in his final two seasons.
The Cyclones have a super sub in Campos and another highly-regarded 2013 signee in Shawn Curtis. After that, the depth is poor. Iowa State signed Kodanko in 2014. At 6-foot-5, 325 pounds, Kodanko has tremendous size but will need a few years of seasoning. For the 2015 class, the Cyclones have a commitment from in-state tackle Julian Good-Jones, a three-star recruit.
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