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Jacob Gannon has left the Iowa State football due to personal reasons, leaving a huge hole in the Cyclone offense that will be tough to overcome.
Tommy Birch of The Des Moines Register first reported the news on Twitter that the offensive lineman was leaving the team. No exact information was given except that it was for personal reasons.
Gannon was the right tackle on the offensive line, a starter, and was a redshirt senior. His loss greatly impacts the offensive line. We’ve talked about how the loss to Tom Farniok is irreplaceable. Losing Gannon is just about as strong despite the line having depth.
Nov 30, 2013; Morgantown, WV, USA; Iowa State Cyclones offensive linesman Jacob Gannon (65) drops back into pass protection during the fourth quarter of the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Iowa State Cyclones defeated West Virginia Mountaineers 52-44 in the third overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Currently there’s been no announcement who would step in to replace Gannon, but the next guy up on the depth chart is Jake Campos, a redshirt freshman.
The good news is that Campos was a four-star recruit back in the class of 2013. He was the top athlete in the state of Iowa (from West Des Moines) and one of the top 30 offensive tackles based on 247Sports’ composite rankings. Obviously, the tackle has the talent to step up and take the job, but I’m sure Paul Rhoads and company didn’t want to throw him into the fire as a starter in week 2, especially against a Big 12 opponent that could have one of the best defensive lines in the conference.
Best wishes to Jacob Gannon as we don’t know what the situation is, but the news obviously sucks. It’s just another problem that the Cyclones will have to overcome in an already tough season.