Iowa State football preview 2014: Full position-by-position breakdowns


Missed Clones Confidential’s football position-by-position breakdowns back in July for Iowa State? Here’s all of them on one convenient post.

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Without further ado, get to know the Cyclones as we browse through the positions, focusing on players to watch and some newcomers that will be getting some playing time.



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Editor’s note: These preview capsules were created back in July and haven’t been updated to reflect any news from fall camp or the month of August in general. This is especially important when reading about the quarterbacks. Back in July, Rohach was the leader to win the starting quarterback job.

The best updated depth chart is over at Cyclone Fanatic, which was last updated on August 10th. All the coaches have confirmed most of those listed as starters in various interviews, but we won’t know anything concrete until an official depth chart for the opener against North Dakota State is unveiled.

In summary, if you had to rank the positions, the offense is clearly a bigger favorite than the other side of the ball. Both Sam Richardson and Grant Rohach had significant playing time to be ready to step in and play at anytime under center. Wide receiver is as loaded as it’s ever been in the Paul Rhoads era, and the running backs that were significant in 2013 are back.

Defensively, the better talent is further away from the ball. However, the benefit of this entire squad is how much experience is coming back. There’s not much more that could go wrong for both offensive and defensive lines when you look back at 2013, so hopefully we’ll see a lot of improvement from those positions — and really every other position on the field (besides linebacker, because it’ll be hard to duplicate Jeremiah George).