Iowa State Pre-Fall Depth Chart Thoughts

With the start of Big 12 Football Media Days, Iowa State released its pre-fall camp depth chart Monday.

It's that time of year again.

Iowa State will begin fall camp August 3, and with the start of Big 12 Football Media Days on Monday in Dallas, the Cyclones released their pre-fall camp depth chart. So it's back to the time of year for a weekly inspection.

Here's a look at what stands out.

1. Syrie Leaves Iowa State

One notable name was absent from Iowa State's depth chart as safety Kamari Syrie was nowhere to be found.

Syrie was set to be a redshirt sophomore in 2015 after appearing in every game in 2014, mostly on special teams. Iowa State confirmed to AllCyclones.com that Syrie is no longer on the roster after choosing to transfer.

The Cyclones list Qujuan Floyd as the starting strong safety with Darian Cotton and Vic Holmes behind him at the second and third spots. Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year Kamari Cotton-Moya is listed as Iowa State's starting free safety with De'Monte Ruth and Mike Johnson behind him on the depth chart.

2. Aka moves to the top

The biggest change from Iowa State's final spring depth chart to the one released Monday is at defensive tackle, where redshirt junior Pierre Aka has supplanted Devlyn Cousin at the top of the depth chart.

The 6-foot-4, 313-pound Aka, who appeared in seven games last season, was No. 2 on the final spring depth chart, but his spring performance combined with an offseason of work was apparently enough to move him forward.

Cousin is now at No. 2 behind Aka. Alongside him in the middle of the defensive line is highly-touted JUCO transfer Demond Tucker who is the starting nose guard.

3. No Bobby Leath. Yet...

Demond Tucker has received much of the hype when it comes to incoming players, but transforming Iowa State's defense will take more than one player.

So, there is also excitement about fellow JUCO transfer Bobby Leath, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle from Coffeyville (KS) C.C.

Leath is a no show on the early depth chart for two reasons. For one, his absence during spring ball didn't give Leath a chance to move anywhere. The bigger reason: Leath still isn't on campus. Following Iowa State's spring game, which Leath visited for, he said he'd arrive June 7. Per a source, Iowa State still expects Leath to arrive, hopefully in time for fall camp.

"I’m excited," defensive tackles coach Shane Burnham said this spring. "You’ve got another 6-3, 290-pound kid that, again, I’ve seen him play in-person this fall. I saw him in high school. I feel like I know exactly what I’m getting in Bobby Leath. I can’t wait for him to get here. I want to get him here, man, and start working with him."

4. A Look at Running Back

Just as it was this spring, redshirt sophomore Tyler Brown is sitting atop the depth chart at running back with redshirt freshman Mike Warren right behind. The biggest change comes in the third spot, where walk-on Mitchell Harger sits.

Harger moves to the third spot after Iowa State dismissed Martinez Syria from the team for a violation of team policies this summer. That group of three would enter the fall with a total of 24 carries in 2014, and all of those came from Brown during his limited action.

There is a caveat here. The Cyclones hope to add JUCO running back Kendall Williams by the start of fall camp. Williams is a talented back from California who committed in late June with the expectation that he can bolster the backfield.


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