Iowa State will be forced to deal with another offensive loss in its Big 12 opener Saturday after right tackle Jacob Gannon suddenly left the team for personal reasons two days before the matchup against Kansas State.
Gannon, a redshirt senior, started at right tackle in the season opener, a 34-14 loss in which the offense stalled after the early loss of receiver Quenton Bundrage and center Tom Farniok to injuries. His void on the line will likely be filled by youth in redshirt freshman Jake Campos.
Campos, a four-star recruit out of West Des Moines Valley, will quickly be tested against a stout Kansas State defensive line.
"Coming out of high school, Campos was a four-star who we really liked because of his frame, athleticism and upside,” SCOUT recruiting analyst Allen Trieu said. “Obviously, at the college level, he's taken a redshirt year to get stronger and improve technique, so we'll see how he does being thrown into the lineup now, but there's no question he has the physical tools to be a really good one.
“I think some early struggles are to be expected, but he's a smart tough kid who I think will adjust quickly.”