Junior Austen Arnaud is clearly entrenched at quarterback and likely will be for the next two seasons. That leaves redshirt freshman Jerome Tiller, walk-on Brett Bueker, and new signee James Capello to fight for the next three spots behind him. The real competition will likely start after the 2010 season when we will likely see Tiller and Capello fighting to becoming the new starting quarterback.
Florida transfer Bo Williams and Alexander Robinson will likely be getting most of the carries next year but newcomers James White and Beau Blankenship are very impressive and will likely challenge for some playing time right away. Blankenship is very underrated and White is a game breaker. The Cyclones also return redshirt freshman Jeremiah Schwartz who will also join the mix next season. The staff will get to enjoy all these players for at least two more season because none of them will be graduating next year.
Some people were surprised that Iowa State signed five wide receivers but with Coach Herman's spread offense this is clearly a position that will need a lot of depth. This class has clearly added impressive depth and should along with the returning receivers provide Coach Herman with an assortment of weapons to use in the next few years. Sophomores Darius Darks and Sedrick Johnson and seniors Marquis Hamilton and Houston Jones all return with a lot of experience and might even all be on the field at the same time with some of Coach Herman's spread packages. Redshirt junior Jason Carlson and redshirt freshman Lonzie Range will also likely jump into the mix next season. The most likely newcomers to compte for major playing time will be Darius Reynolds and Joshua Bellamy who both had very solid junior college careers. All three freshman (Donnie Jennert, Josh Lenz, and Keith Blanton) should have very solid careers at Iowa State but I wouldn't be surprised if at least two of them end up redshirting next season due to the strong depth at the position.
The staff did not sign a tight end for the 2009 recruiting class but it really didn't need to due to the fact that it returns its top three players at the position. Senior Derrick Catlett, junior Collin Franklin, and sophomore Carter Bykowski will all once again fight for the starting tight end position in 2009.
At tackle, juniors Matt Hulbert and Hayworth Hicks and sophomore Scott Haughton will likely be competing for the two starting positions at tackle. Newcomer Zack Spears is talented and should at least provide solid depth in his first season in Ames. Freshman Kyle Lichtenberg has already told Cyclone Sports Report that he expects to likely redshirt next season in order to put on more weight and to get stronger. The only player who could possibly end up playing center or guard in this class is Aaron Moore. He was an outstanding offensive lineman in high school but it was decided on his official visit last weekend that he would start his Cyclone career at defensive end. Senior Reggie Stephens and sophomores Trey Baysinger and Kelechi Osemele should be the main candidates for the two starting offensive guard positions. Junior Ben Lamaak reportedly is moving to center and if this is the case he would likely start ahead of senior Mike Knapp and junior Alex Alvarez.