ISU On Defense Against Iowa

The Cyclones will get their biggest test on defense of the young season when they take on the Hawkeyes in Iowa City on Saturday.

The Cyclone Sports Report Three Keys To Look For On Saturday Afternoon:

1)STOP THE RUN-The Hawkeyes rushing attack has rolled up 486 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 5.7 yards per carry on the season. If the Cyclones defensive line doesn't answer the challenge, Iowa State could be in for a long day.

PRESSURE ON STANZI-Now that Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi has been named the clear starter, it should be interesting to see how he reacts in a big game. The defense needs to give him a lot of different looks and really brings as much pressure as possible. The key to Saturday in many ways will be seeing how Stanzi steps up against a lot better pass rush than he has faced in the first two games.

KEEP THE TURNOVERS COMING-The Iowa State defense has forced 10 turnovers that have resulted in 34 points through two weeks. So the Cyclones should move their record to 3-0 if they keep it up this week.

The Defensive Depth Chart:

Defensive End

29 Rashawn Parker, 6-0, 246, JR.

55 Christopher Lyle, 6-3, 249, JR.

Defensive Tackle

81 Michael Tate, 6-4, 285, SR.

85 Bailey Johnson, 6-3, 276, SO.

97 Stephen Ruempolhamer, 6-3, 285, FR.

Defensive Tackle

62 Nate Frere, 6-1, 291, JR.

92 Jerrod Black, 6-0, 281, FR.

96 Austin Alburtis, 6-2, 275, SO.

Defensive End

47 Kurtis Taylor, 6-2, 253, SR.

25 Nick Frere, 6-2, 253, SR.

83 Travis Ferguson, 6-5, 244, SR.

SAM Linebacker

14 Michael Bibbs, 6-1, 234, SR.

10 Cameron Bell, 6-2, 237, SO.

Middle Linebacker

54 Jesse Smith, 6-0, 231, JR.

24 Deric Schmidgall, 6-1, 221, JR.

WILL Linebacker

43 Fred Garrin, 6-1, 221, JR.

16 Josh Raven, 5-11, 216, JR.

Cornerback

17 Devin McDowell, 5-9, 180, SO.

12 Allen Bell, 6-1, 190, JR.

Cornerback

11 Chris Singleton, 5-10, 191, SR.

23 Leonard Johnson, 5-10, 179, FR.

22 Ter'ran Benton, 6-1, 185, FR.

Strong Safety.

20 Brandon Hunley, 5-11, 207, SR.

4 Zac Sandvig, 5-10, 186, SO.

Free Safety

2 James Smith, 5-9, 189, JR.

37 Mike O'Connell, 6-0, 200, SO.

21 Steve Johnson, 6-0, 210, JR.

Special Teams:

Placekicker

21 Grant Mahoney, 6-1, 151, FR.

25 Zach Guyer, 6-3, 180, FR.

Punter

13 Mike Brandtner, 6-1, 208, JR.

16 Daniel Kuehl, 6-0, 192, SO.

20 Chad Powell, 5-11, 186, FR.


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