Spring depth chart breakdown: Iowa State

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be analyzing depth charts of every team in the Big 12 coming out of spring camp. We continue the series below with Iowa State. The Cyclones haven't released an official post-spring depth chart yet, so this is merely an educated projection:

OFFENSE (projected starters in bold)

QB: Sam B. Richardson (Sr.), Grant Rohach (Jr.)

With 21 career starts, Richardson is the most experienced quarterback in the Big 12. The key for him is health; Richardson has dealt with an array of nagging injuries the last two seasons. Rohach is an experienced backup, but he has competition for the No. 2 job in sophomore Joel Lanning.

RB: Tyler Brown (So.), Mike Warren (RFr.) OR Martinez Syria (So.)

Nobody took hold of the running back job like the Cyclones had hoped, as both Brown and Warren produced lackluster performances in the spring game. Coach Paul Rhoads would like to see both run tougher between the tackles. The Cyclones will get some of that with the 212-pound Syria rejoining the group from a spring injury.

WR: Allen Lazard (So.), Brandon Harris (So.)

WR: Quenton Bundrage (Sr.), Brett Medders (Sr.)

WR: D’Vario Montgomery (Jr.), Dondre Daley (Jr.)

TE: Ben Boesen (Sr.), Justin Chandler (Jr.)

This unit has a chance to form one of the best starting receiving trios in the Big 12. The return of Bundrage is a big reason why; he finished third in the Big 12 in touchdown catches in 2013 before missing all of last year with a knee injury. Lazard was one of the top true freshman receivers in the country last season. Montgomery was the team's leading receiver.

LT: Jake Campos (So.), Shawn Curtis (So.)

LG: Oni Omoile (Sr.), Wendell Taiese (Sr.)

C: Jamison Lalk (Sr.), Nick Severs (So.)

RG: Daniel Burton (Jr.), Patrick Scroggins (Jr.)

RT: Brock Dagel (Sr.), Nick Fett (Jr.)

Iowa State has one of the most seasoned offensive lines in the league, with the starting five totaling 75 career starts. There might not be an All-Big 12 performer among them. But collectively, there's no reason why this shouldn't be a strength.


LE: Dale Pierson (Sr.), Trent Taylor (Sr.)

DT: Devlyn Cousin (Jr.), Pierra Aka (Jr.) OR Terry Ayeni (Jr.)

NG: Demond Tucker (Jr.), Vernell Trent (So.)

RE: Darius White (Jr.), Gabe Luna (Jr.)

Tucker's arrival has been a revelation for an Iowa State defensive line that got manhandled last year. He and fellow incoming juco transfer Bobby Leath should give the Cyclones the beef inside they desperately have lacked. Elsewhere, Iowa State will be leaning on converted linebacker Darius White to supply the pass rush as 2014 starter Mitchell Meyers continues his battle with hodgkin's lymphoma.

WLB: Levi Peters (Jr.), Brian Mills (So.)

MLB: Jordan Harris (Jr.), Kane Seeley (Jr.)

SLB: Jarnor Jones (Jr.), Reggan Northrup (RFr.)

Peters' emergence from an Achilles tear has given the linebacking corps a boost and a degree of clarity it lacked going into the spring -- especially with Luke Knott's hip injury. Harris has stepped into the starting job in the middle after redshirting his first year in Ames. The Cyclones will be counting on another juco transfer here in Jones.

RCB: Nigel Tribune (Jr.), Brian Peavy (RFr.)

LCB: Sam E. Richardson (Sr.), Jomal Wiltz (Jr.)

FS: Kamari Cotton-Moya (So.), Kamari Syrie (So.)

SS: Qujuan Floyd (Sr.), Darian Cotton (Sr.)

It remains to be seen how much progress Iowa State can make with its run defense, but the secondary should be solid, at the very least. Cotton-Moya is the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, and overcame a scary spring head injury. Tribune has been starting since his true freshman season. And both Wiltz and Peavy impressed during the spring, potentially giving the Cyclones a pair of reliable backup corners.