Iowa State football depth chart: Where does Jacob Gannon land after return?


Jacob Gannon’s return in the offensive lineup and more injuries creates a shakeup for backups. There’s also a new running back in the mix, and more changes on the defense.

First, here’s everybody projected to start in the fourth game of the season.

Starting lineup

Offensive line

Quarterback: Sam Richardson (12, RJr)

Backs and receivers

Defensive line



Special teams

With Gannon back in and the other Jacob, Jacob Dunnning, out for the rest of the year, Wendell Taiese now moves from guard to left tackle as Brock Dagel’s backup. Gannon gets his old position back at right tackle, but he will be listed as a backup as Campos has earned his starting role with fantastic play in the last two games.

However, with a strong backup needed in every position on the line, expect to see Gannon with a decent amount of playing time.

On the defense, highly anticipated JUCO transfer Trent Taylor ended up starting at left end against Iowa, and that spot looks to be his with Mitchell Meyers moving to defensive tackles and Brandon Jensen moving to nose guard. Like Iowa State figured out their lineback positions a few weeks ago, this is the pivotal defensive line to have.

The Cyclones have their starters in the right positions on defense. Now the true test awaits them against Baylor. And of course, they have to avoid the injury bug.

Another note is fourth-string tailback Rob Standard being removed from the depth chart. Instead, freshman Martinez Syria takes his spot. Brett Medders, who made his name known to everyone with three catches against Iowa, is Jarvis West’s backup at the “F” position. Tad Ecby and D’Vario Montgomery are the second stringers on the outsides.

Take a look at Iowa State’s entire depth chart here.