With the departure of backs Aaron Wimberly (graduation) and DeVondrick Nealy (voluntary departure), Iowa State will rely heavily on three running backs who lack collegiate carries. The trio of running backs who will get the majority of the spring snaps combined for 44 carries in the 2014 season.
On the initial spring depth chart, redshirt sophomore Tyler Brown leads the way after having what Rhoads called an 'exceptional' offseason. Brown has 24 of those 2014 carries. Behind him are two other youngsters in true sophomore Martinez Syria, who had 20 carries last season, and redshirt freshman Michael Warren, who will step on the field for the first time this fall.
With a young group, Iowa State will use spring practices and scrimmages to sort through the competition. That is a competition that Ayeni says will be ongoing.