Iowa State's roster has been expected to see some turnover as it settles under the direction of new coach Matt Campbell, and that settling continued Wednesday with the departure of two offensive players from the program.
Iowa State announced Wednesday that senior receiver D'Vario Montgomery has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules while sophomore running back Joshua Thomas has chosen to transfer following his true freshman campaign.
The loss of both offensive players takes away production from the 2015 season, but neither loss is deemed major. Montgomery had 27 receptions for 335 yards last season, a major drop in both categories from his sophomore campaign (44 receptions for 605 yards). Meanwhile, Thomas rushed for 295 yards and seven touchdowns on 75 carries, mostly as the team's red zone presence during his rookie season.
The Cyclones will bring in true freshmen running backs Kene Nwangwu and David Montgomery in 2016 and both should get chances to pick up those carries. Montgomery is already 5-foot-11, 225 pounds, the same size as Thomas. At receiver, Allen Lazard, Jauan Wesley and Dondre Daley should all see reception increases while a number of young receivers could emerge into the workload too.