As Iowa State prepares for the onset of spring ball next week, the biggest question surrounding the program is the progression and depth of the team's offensive line ahead of the 2016 season next fall. That depth, for the spring at least, has taken a hit.
Iowa State will enter the spring needing to replace three linemen — Oni Omoile, Jamison Lalk and Brock Dagel — to graduation and another (Daniel Burton) who opted out of his senior season due to injury. Now Iowa State will be without the most experienced player on roster as junior Jake Campos, who has started a team-high 23 consecutive games, will sit out during spring ball after having offseason surgery for an undisclosed injury, the school announced Thursday.
In the team's quest to replace a group that tallied 111 starts on the offensive line, it will turns its focus to Nick Fett and Jaypee Phillbert alongside Campos at the tackle position. JUCOs Karson Green and Oge Udeogu are likely to make immediate impacts, though Udeogu won't arrive until summer. Youngsters Kory Kodanko, Bryce Meeker and Julian Good-Jones are fast-rising talents in the program.
Iowa State will begin spring ball next Tuesday and hold 15 practices/scrimmages leading up to the April 16 spring game.