On Campus: Iowa HS Football..Not Too Shabby

The state of Iowa isn't nationally recognized as one that produces great football talent. It is common thought that in order to be nationally competitive, the Cyclones and Hawkeyes have to tap into out of state pipelines.

We've grown accustomed to the fact that high school football in the open fields of Iowa is nowhere near the talent-level of that in traditional powers such as Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California. While our beloved state will never realistically reach the amount of players produced by those massive population bases, Iowa isn't as barren as we are led to believe. So to kill some time on a legendary dry Iowa summer day, I compiled the state of Iowa depth chart. All players on the roster played their high school football in the Cyclone state. How good of team is it? I think you'll be surprised.     




  1. Bret Meyer (Iowa State/Atlantic)
  2. Eric Sanders (UNI/Oelwein)
  3. Austen Arnaud (Iowa State/Ames)


Bret Meyer is a pre-season consensus first team All-Big 12 selection and generally thought of as one of the top 10 or 15 quarterbacks in all of college football. Despite only having two scholarship offers out of high school, he is well on his way to shattering every Cyclone passing record and, when all is said and done, will be near the top of the Big 12 leader-boards as well. Eric Sanders is quietly having a great career up in Cedar Falls. The junior to be, quarterbacked the Panthers to the D-I-AA title game last season and has been tabbed in most publications as pre-season first or second team in D-I-AA. Arnaud is only a true freshman, but may have the most talent of anybody in the state. It will be hard to keep him off the field for long.


Running Back

  1. Jason Scales (Iowa State/West Des Moines)
  2. Greg Coleman (Montana/Iowa City)
  3. Scott Phaydavong (Drake/Des Moines East)


The Running back position is a bit of an enigma. Scales and Coleman were top 30 recruits at their position coming out of high school. Both ended up at Iowa State and both have not lived up to expectations. After a tumultuous off-season Coleman transferred to Montana where he will have two years to rescue his career. Scales, meanwhile, hopes to have a clean bill of health for the first time in a year and a half when practice gets underway in August. Phaydavong has been the most productive of the three. The junior has rushed for over 1,500 yards in both of his two seasons with the Bulldogs. The 5'6 160 pound dynamo has averaged 7.4 YPC in his two years carrying the football.    



  1. Ryan Kock (Lohrville)


Steady, steady, steady. Kock set an ISU fullback record with 13 touchdowns last year…on only 54 carries.


Wide Receiver

  1. Todd Blythe (Iowa State/Indianola)
  2. Calvin Davis (Iowa/Iowa City)
  3. Adrian Arrington (Michigan/Cedar Rapids)
  4. Andy Brodell (Iowa/Ankeny)
  5. Milan Moses (Iowa State/Waterloo East)
  6. Ryan Baum (Iowa State/Gilbert)


It's easy to run out of superlatives for Blythe, so I'm not wasting them until the season starts. Davis is the #1 receiver for Iowa going into the fall. The City-high native caught only eight passes last year, but will have to emerge for the Hawks in 2006. Arrington was the most coveted player from the state in several years when he committed to Michigan in 2004. But the red shirt sophomore has been buried behind studs like Braylon Edwards, Jason Avant, Steve Breaston and Mario Manningham. He enters the fall as the #3 at WR for the Wolverines.


Tight End

  1. Ben Barkema (Iowa State/Muscatine)
  2. Ryan Majerus (Iowa/Oelwein)
  3. Brandon Myers (Iowa/Prairie City)


Both Barkema and Majerus are solid blocking tight-ends who aren't afraid to go across the middle. Barkema had 18 catches and 2 TDs, Majerus and 10 catches and 2 TDs.



  1. Aaron Brant (Iowa State/ Dubuque)
  2. Cody Rinehart (UNI/Boone)
  3. Landon Streit (Iowa State/Barnum)


I'm cheating with Brant, he's technically from Wisconsin, but he did go to school at Dubuque Wahlert. Rinehart was first team Gateway Conference as a sophomore last year and is the anchor on the UNI offensive line. He would no doubt challenge for a starting spot if he were at ISU. Streit played the best of the young offensive lineman for ISU in the spring. He will be a key cog in 2007 and beyond.



  1. Seth Zehr (Iowa State/ Ft. Dodge)
  2. Marshal Yanda (Iowa/ Anamosa)


Zehr is very versatile and consistent. This will be his fourth year starting on the offensive line for the Cyclones. He isn't as big as Brant or agile as Stephenson, but he has been a calming force up front. Yanda was a JUCO All-American out of North Iowa CC. The senior will start at guard or tackle for the Hawkeyes in the fall. 



  1. Mike Elgin (Iowa/Bankston)
  2. Tom Schmeling (Iowa State/Atlantic)


Elgin is an Academic All-American who is very effective at center or guard. Schmelling emerged on the Iowa State line this spring after Stephenson and Zehr missed significant time. The sophomore will back-up at center or guard this fall.


Defensive End

  1. Shawn Moorehead(Iowa State/Mason City)
  2. Kurtis Taylor (Iowa State/Ft. Dodge)
  3. Alex Kanellis (Iowa/Iowa City)
  4. Travis Ferguson (Iowa State/ Waterloo)


Moorehead is a rock at defensive end. He is a former walk-on who has earned everything he has received. Taylor was the survivor of the musical chairs at RUSH end for ISU in the spring. Kanellis played some as a true freshman for Iowa and will see more PT this fall. He is a big, strong and quick and can play all four spots on the line. Ferguson is built like a rock, but hasn't lived up to his potential.


Defensive Tackle

  1. Matt Kroul (Iowa/Mt.Vernon)
  2. Mitch King (Iowa/ Burlington)
  3. Bryce Braaksma (Iowa State/Sheldon)
  4. Matt Berg (Iowa State/Aurelia)


Get used to Kroul and King. Both are going to be thorns in ISU's side for a while. They are only sophomores. King earned honorable mention all Big Ten after recording 60 tackles, and Kroul had 48 tackles lined up next to him. They are undersized at 270 pounds apiece, but have great agility on the inside. Braaksma and Berg are both walk-ons for ISU that will see the field this fall. They are hard working kids, who need to step for the Cyclones barren defensive line.


Outside Linebacker

  1. Adam Carper (Iowa State/Clarinda)
  2. Mike Humpal (Iowa/New Hampton)
  3. Pat Angerer (Iowa/Bettendorf)


Carper has already established himself as a playmaker after recording an interception, forced fumble, and fumble recovery as a spot-starter in his freshman year. The Clarinda native also had 41 tackles. Humpal has the duty of replacing Chad Greenway at OLB. He had 25 tackles as Greenway's back-up in 2005. Angerer is a redshirt freshman with a great motor who will see a good amount of time for the Hawks. He dominated the 2004 Iowa 4-A high school title game, leading Bettendorf to the title.


Middle Linebacker

  1. Mike Klinkenborg (Iowa/Rock Rapids)
  2. Maurice Cantrell (Colorado/Cedar Rapids)
  3. Jesse Smith (Iowa State/Altoona)


Klinkenborg replaces Abdul Hodge at MLB. He's been around the program for a while and will be serviceable for the Hawks. Cantrell opted to go to CU after offers from ISU and Iowa in 2003. He has yet to see real action for the Buffs and enters the fall as #2 at MLB. Smith is a walk-on redshirt freshman for ISU from SE Polk. He is a ferocious hitter and will see a great deal of time behind Tyrone McKenzie.




  1. Zac Sandvig (Iowa State/West Des Moines)
  2. Justin Harris (Iowa State/Bettendorf)
  3. Brent Blum (Iowa State/Waukee)


This is where the team would struggle. There is one scholarship player on all 3 in-state schools that plays cornerback and is from Iowa. That being Zac Sandvig. He's going to be a good player, but won't see the field until 2007. Harris is a walk-on junior that lived on my dorm floor freshman year, so I felt obligated. Very nice young man. Blum is a guy that lacks ideal athleticism, size, and heart for that matter. In fact, he has no real discernable football talent. But he has been known to dominate intramural co-ed flag football games just to impress the ladies.


Free Safety

  1. Jordan Bernstine (Lincoln HS)
  2. David Rahe (Iowa State/Dyersville)


Bernstine is that good and this position has nobody else. Rahe is a nice special team's player.


Strong Safety

  1. James Smith (Iowa State/Council Bluffs)
  2. Devan Moylan (Iowa/Panora)


Smith will be thrown into the fire this fall. The redshirt freshman has been compared to Bob Sanders by some. He isn't as fast or as big, but will surprise you with his hitting power. Moylan is a special teamer for Iowa who is listed at second on the depth chart at strong safety.



  1. Kyle Schlicher (Iowa/Ankeny)
  2. Bret Culbertson (Iowa State/Des Moines)
  3. Brian Wingert (UNI/Cedar Falls)


Schlicher is one in the long line of Ankeny kickers. Culbertson is great until certain parts of the game. Wingert was first team Gateway Conference last year.



  1. Andy Fenstermaker (Iowa/Mt.Pleasant)
  2. Mike Brandtner (Iowa State/Bettendorf)


Both are the respective starting punters. That's all I have to say ‘bout that. 


I think this team could at the very least compete in both the Big 10 and Big 12. They obviously would need some help in the defensive backfield, but could field an above average team at almost every other position. Iowa isn't Texas by any means, but we definitely blow North Dakota off the map. And that is all that matters.

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