More than one year has come and gone since Iowa State signed its 2014 class, but it may not be until the coming season that many of the faces begin to show for the Cyclones. Following Signing Day last week, AllCyclones.com got some brief thoughts from coach Paul Rhoads one year later.
- The top name in the 2014 class was undoubtedly receiver Allen Lazard, and there has been no wait to see the four-star prospect. Lazard appeared in every game for the Cyclones in his rookie season, catching 45 passes for 593 yards and three touchdowns.
- Little needed to be said in regards to Lazard, but Rhoads did say he is excited about the 2014 group of receivers. Iowa State got a close look at Jauan Wesley when his redshirt was removed later in the season. He ended up playing in eight games, catching 10 passes for 107 yards. “Juan Wesley is another guy that I think anybody can argue his year ended up being wasted because he didn’t play significant snaps,” Rhoads said. The goal would be for Wesley’s snaps to see a spike during his true sophomore season.
- Meanwhile, Rhoads added this when talking about the 2014 receivers: “Orion Salters will play for us this year as a redshirt freshman.” Salters is a 5-foot-9, 166-pound receiver who the Cyclones signed out of Texas. Salters showed speed in high school and could play in the slot for Iowa State and potentially contribute in the return game.
- Rhoads briefly touched on the running backs, Martinez Syria and Mike Warren, saying the two, “are good players.” Both will contribute in the 2015 season and will likely be the primary backs. Syria was used last season as a true freshman when the Cyclones needed a power runner. He missed time because of a concussion and ultimately only had 20 carries. Warren, meanwhile, had cleanup surgery on his shoulder, but is healthy and impressed coaches in practices last season.
- In terms of offensive linemen, Rhoads referenced both Cole Anderson and Kory Kodanko. Rhoads said the two, “are not quite there, but they’ll get stronger and they’ll get more advanced [in 2015].”
- Rhoads has said that grayshirt Mike Johnson will be in the two-deep when spring ball rolls around next month. All signs point to Johnson being a safety if everything goes according to plan. “We’ll put him in the two-deep this spring with the anticipation of him playing this fall,” Rhoads said. “He’s a safety.”
- The final players referenced by Rhoads were linebackers Reggan Northrup and Willie Harvey. Rhoads said they are, “all guys that will be in the two-deep this spring and competing.” That is in addition to JUCO linebacker Jordan Harris, who is expected to sit at No. 1 at MLB on the initial depth chart.