Taking a glance at Iowa State’s depth chart heading into preseason practice — camp begins Aug. 6 — here are a few of the highlights:
— Scott Haughton is the starter at right tackle. Haughton, who is 6-3, 338 pounds, played as a true freshman last year but did not participate this spring while sorting through some academic issues.
— Cedar Rapids Kennedy alum Ben Lamaak is listed as the starting right guard. Don’t count on him staying there. He’ll start…it’s just a matter of where.
— Florida Gators transfer Bo Williams is the backup tailback behind Alexander Robinson. Redshirt freshman Jeremiah Schwartz is No. 3.
— Senior receiver Houston Jones strangely is nowhere to be found. Jones had a breakout year last fall as the team’s third-leading pass catcher. Apparently he’s got some work to do to crack the rotation.
— At defensive back, the starters at corner are Leonard Johnson and Kennard Banks. Junior Devin McDowell and sophomore Ter’ran Benton are next in line. It didn’t take long for David Sims to lock down the strong safety spot. He’s far and away the best the Cyclones have at the position.
— Much-anticipated junior college transfer Matt Taufoou is the backup to middle linebacker Jesse Smith. Will he stay there or move outside with impact players at that position lacking? Or could Smith shift out of the middle?
The Cyclones’ media day is next Wednesday. Coach Paul Rhoads and players will talk about these position battles and a whole more.
Finally, football season is upon us. Almost.