Just a few weeks after leaving the football team, offensive lineman Jacob Gannon returns to the Iowa State Cyclones.
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Both Gannon and head coach Paul Rhoads released statements on the Cyclones official athletic website. Gannon revealed that he has been diagnosed with anxiety, and Rhoads said the football team is completely behind him.
"Jacob Gannon Statement:“I have been recently diagnosed with anxiety. I am receiving treatment for my condition and I am looking forward to being a part of the football team. I want to thank Coach Rhoads and my teammates for their support.”Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads Statement:“We are glad Jacob is back with the Cyclone football family. We are behind Jacob 100 percent and will continue to support him throughout the process.”"
Gannon’s return puts the Cyclones in an interesting predicament at right tackle. Jake Campos, who was thrown into the fire against Kansas State and Iowa as a redshirt freshman, has played extremely well considering the circumstances. It’s clear that the team has two players at the same position that deserve to start.
My guess is Campos will still start, but both players will still get decent playing time. It may not be immediate for Gannon as he works back into the swing of things, but he’ll have a bye week to gain some additional time before Baylor.
Also, this is why I avoided writing such material that essentially told Gannon good riddance. None of us knew the situation that Gannon was in, and it was apparent his teammates didn’t either. Hopefully the senior gets everything right and has a successful finish to his Cyclones career.