From the onset of spring practices back in March, most interest and attention has been placed on JUCO transfer Demond Tucker, who arrived at Iowa State in January with a load of expectations to bolster the defensive line.
Tucker himself won't be able to transform a defense that faces a need for improvement, yet the expectations facing him won't soon pass. So far, so good for Tucker, who has moved to No. 1 at nose guard and who has drawn praise from his position coach Shane Burnham.
Here's what Burnham had to say about Tucker and the other defensive tackles.