Press Coverage: Week 5

Coming out of its bye week, Iowa State continues its preparation for top-10 Baylor with an updated depth chart

Defensive line sees slight shakeup

The depth chart change may not come as much of a surprise after Mitchell Meyers started at defensive tackle against Iowa, but the redshirt sophomore tops the chart entering Baylor week as the Cyclones’ No. 1 tackle.

Meyers is followed on the depth chart by Robby Garcia and Pierre Aka. Meanwhile, opposite Cory Morrissey, junior Trent Taylor is Iowa State’s starting left defensive end with Darius White sitting at the No. 2 spot.

“Mitchell can play there,” coach Paul Rhoads said. “There was a need finally and we had to push him into action [inside] and he did well. That gives other guys at the end position, guys like Darius White [and] Dale Pierson [a chance] to show up. Trent Taylor continues to rise as another one of our [junior college] guys.”

Iowa State’s defensive line rose to the challenge in the 20-17 win against Iowa, tallying four sacks while also getting pressure on quarterback Jake Rudock.

“It’s one of the spots where we’re evolving,” Rhoads said of the defensive line. “We’re starting to figure out who can do what and how we can do it as a front. In that taking place we’ve become more productive.”

Campos remains starter at right tackle

While Jacob Gannon has rejoined the team after a short departure, redshirt freshman Jake Campos remains the team’s starter at right tackle.

Gannon suddenly left the team prior to its Week 2 contest against Kansas State and was shortly thereafter diagnosed with anxiety. The redshirt senior has rejoined the team after meeting with a counselor and getting medication, but enters the week at No. 2 on the depth chart behind Campos.

There were other shifts on the offensive line Monday as the Cyclones have moved Wendell Taiese to left tackle. Taiese had been a guard, but with the loss of Jacob Dunning and Ben Loth for the season, Iowa State was forced to reshuffle the line to get better depth.

“Wendell has to move [to tackle] for depth reasons to give us two solid guards and two solid tackles and backups,” Rhoads said. “When he came in we tried to figure out what was going to be his best spot, and settled on guard, but he could have easily been a tackle from Day 1 once he arrived.”

Odd and Ends

  • Running back Rob Standard is nowhere to be found on Iowa State’s four-deep at running back. Redshirt freshman Tyler Brown has jumped to No. 3 with true freshman Martinez Syria at No. 4. Syria is expected to redshirt this season.
  • Both receiver Jarvis West and right guard Daniel Burton remain on track to play Saturday against Baylor, Rhoads said. The two players exited the game against Iowa early, but neither injury was serious.

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