"We are no longer healthy," coach Paul Rhoads said. "We got the news late yesterday that Patrick Scoggins has ruptured a tendon that attaches his quad to his patellar and is lost for the season."
Scoggins, who arrived from Long Beach C.C. in January as a mid-year transfer, was No. 2 at center on Iowa State's depth chart behind Jamison Lalk. He was also in the mix to potentially get reps at guard.
Iowa State will now rely on redshirt sophomore Nick Severs as Lalk's backup at center moving forward. Severs was Iowa State's Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year in 2013 while redshirting but has never played a snap for the Cyclones.
"I try not to have it on myself to be frustrated," Rhoads said of the latest injury to hit the Cyclones. "It's part of the game, it's a violent game, it's a game played with force. In 27 years of coaching I've never had this injury on any team I've coached. That makes you scratch your head a little bit, but you move on. The next guy stands up and takes over where that one left off."
The hope for Rhoads and Co. now is that Lalk can stay healthy. The redshirt senior has started 19 games on the offensive line and replaced center Tom Farniok during the second half of last season's North Dakota State game.
"He understands football at this level," Rhoads said. "He understands as a fifth-year senior he should speak up, he understands he's a guy that has to be vocal in the scheme of things anyway and then he's matching that with the most physical play he's ever shown on the field."
This is the second-straight fall camp in which Iowa State has lost a center as Iowa State saw backup center Ben Loth go down in the first fall camp practice last season. After arriving with two years to play two, Scoggins will now have just the 2016 season remaining for eligibility.