Johannes Egbers, a 6-foot-3, 290
pound redshirt senior from
This season Egbers is fighting to hold on to his No. 1 spot at left tackle, close behind him is Scott Fisher with a couple of other newcomers trying to claw to the top as well.
"The Fishers, those are some big guys," Egbers said. "They're coming along. I got to keep working because they're working to come up and take my job. Those young guys are coming up too Reggie [Stephens] and [Jason] Fiacco."
Last season Egbers provided depth on the offensive line and also played some special teams; he said this season ISU depth will continue to be a strong point for the offensive line.
"I think we have a lot of depth this year and we will continue too," Egbers said. "Hopefully we'll play a lot of guys this year. We have a lot of talent too and now it's if everyone can get the offense down."
With only a couple weeks of practice under their belts, Egbers said it was tough to tell whether or not the line was ahead of last years' progress.
"We lost two good seniors in [Cale] Stubbe and [Luke] Vander Sanden and they're going to be hard to replace," Egbers said. "We're coming along. It definitely helps we have Coach Cotton an extra year. We just need to keep knocking out our assignments."
Egbers said having the continuity of Barney Cotton back for another season will also help the line as the season wears on.
"This is my third o-line coach since I've been here," Egbers said. "Every o-line coach is different and just the little things they want to change – adjust the steps and techniques. It's been a ride, it really has."
Working with strength coach Matt McGettigan has gotten Egbers ready for his final go round with the Cyclones.
"He's the best strength and conditioning coach in the nation, if he can't get you ready, nobody can," Egbers said.