Iowa State will lose three starters at linebacker after this season but have already recieved three committs at that position this year. Here's a look at what could happen when Dobbins, Buchanan and Robertson leave this year.
The future at the linebacker
position looks pretty bright. Sure, you're losing some great linebackers in
Dobbins and Buchanan, but the world isn't coming to an end. There are guys
backing up these guys that are more than qualified to step up and hit somebody.
The hardest of these guys to
replace will obviously be last years Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Tim Dobbins at
MLB. He would be a tough guy for anybody to replace but it can be done and I'm
sure that the coaches are already thinking about it. Obvously, Tyrone McKenzie
is a candidate for that position. We know for sure that Adam Carper and Alvin
Bowen are stout defenders that will make an immediate impact next year. Nick
Frere will get a lot of playing time and he could be a guy looked for to move
around a little bit.
Now onto the linebackers in this
years recruiting class. Keep in mind that Iowa State only signed two linebackers to last
years recruiting class so they will be looking for a lot at that position this
year. As of now the Cyclones have four different linebacker commits, and I
believe they might get a few more. Kris Means, James Collins, Austin Alburtis,
and John Richardson have all committed to Iowa State. Collins would be the best bet to
come in and replace Dobbins at some point in time, though I would bank on him
red-shirting. Means has some pretty good speed and that is always a plus in the
Big 12. I believe that it will be a dead heat between all of these guys when
they get here and all will have the shot to play linebacker at Iowa State.
Now onto whom Iowa State still might bring in. If they can
I'm sure Iowa
State will be drooling over
Derrick Odom and Tommy Becker. These guys are both great prospects to play
linebacker at the next level. Odom possess some great speed and Becker is an
outstanding tackler. I also wouldn't be surprised to see a JUCO linebacker be
brought in to try and help fill the loss of Dobbins.