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2014 Iowa State Recruiting Class Analysis

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Posted Feb 7, 2014


2013 Iowa State Cyclones ... Head Coach: Paul Rhodes


Iowa State Cyclones

2013 Record: 3-9
8/31 No. Iowa L 28-20
9/7 OPEN DATE
9/14 Iowa L 27-21
9/21 at Tulsa W 38-21
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 Texas L 31-30
10/12 at Texas Tech L 42-35
10/19 at Baylor L 71-7
10/26 Oklahoma St L 58-27
11/2 at Kansas St L 41-7
11/9 TCU L 21-17
11/16 at Oklahoma L 48-10
11/23 Kansas W 34-0
11/30 at West Virginia W 52-44 3OT


Iowa State | The 2014 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2014: The Cyclones need a more dynamic offense to be able to keep up the pace thanks to a defense that couldn’t come up with enough stops against the run, getting barreled on for 224 yards per game. The defense gave up 40 points or more in six of the final eight games. It didn’t help that the offense couldn’t keep the chains moving. Time of possession wasn’t a problem overall, but the Cyclones didn’t go on enough long, sustained drives when the games were still competitive.

The 2014 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive line. The most new talent is being brought in for the secondary with corners Brian Peavy and Mike Johnson joining JUCO transfer Devron Moore to help out a defensive backfield that loses three starters. The offense gets a few good new prospects with running backs Michael Warren and Martinez Syria for the backfield and Allen Lazard a potential No. 1 receiver, but for 2014, the defensive front gets the biggest influx of talent with Terry Ayeni, Gabe Luna and Dale Pierson all JUCO transfers who fit into the Cyclone front four type.

2013 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 59. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. The Cyclones need more firepower to keep up with the Big 12 powerhouses, and they went hard after quarterbacks bringing in three options in Joel Lanning, Trevor Hodge and Alton Meeks. The line is getting the big reinforcements with tackle Jake Campos the star of the clas, and Shawn Curtis out of Orlando a decent prospect who just needs a little time in the weight room. JUCO tackle Rodney Coe and prepster J.D. Waggoner add talent to the defensive front.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 74. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. Iowa State will never get the four and five-star prospects the other Big 12 teams bring in, so it’s all about strength in numbers. The Cyclones will sign several receivers to try to improve an always-mediocre passing game, while the defense will concentrate mostly on the line. The last few classes have been working on the skill players, and soon it all has to start paying off. It might take one more year, though. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 70. That Class Was Heavy On ... Skill players. Apparently, head coach Paul Rhoads is looking to branch out and looking for more options to play around with. Three quarterbacks were brought in with an eye both to 2011, with JUCO transfer Steele Jantz, and to the future with Jaquarius Daniels and Sam Richardson getting time to groom. JUCO transfer tight end Ernst Brun will be a part of the offense right away, while the hope will be for at least one new receiver, probably Quenton Bundrage or Tad Ecby, to be ready. Running backs DeVondrick Nealy and Rob Standard fit the Cyclone mold.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 71. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. After going after wide receivers last year, second-year head coach Paul Rhoads made sure the defensive shelves were stocked bringing in six key prospects including JUCO transfer Anthony Young, who might be penciled in at one corner spot, and JUCO safety Durrell Evans. For the offense, Shontrelle Johnson leads a good-looking group of running backs and JUCO transfers Chris Young and Albert Gary will be counted on in the receiving corps.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 73. That Class Was Heavy On ... receivers. New head coach Paul Rhoads might be a defensive coach by nature, but he and his staff went after offense with the passing game getting the most help. Running backs James White and Beau Blankenship will be a major part of the attack soon, but the goal is to get the new receivers into the mix as soon as possible. Five wide receivers and tight end Willie Scott were added, with Donnie Jennert the best prospect with 6-6 size and good speed, while JUCO transfer Josh Bellamy has field-stretching wheels.

at Iowa State 52, West Virginia 44 3OT
Basically … After the two teams traded field goals in the first two overtimes, Iowa State got a 25-yard Justin Coleman touchdown catch, and E.J. Bibbs caught the two-point conversion. West Virginia was stopped on fourth-and-goal from the five on its possession, and the Cyclones came up with the win. Iowa State rallied back from down 31-7 in the second quarter with a wild scoring run, with Quenton Bundrage catching touchdown passes from ten and 62 yards away, and Justin Coleman tying it up with a 19-yard catch with a minute to play late in the fourth to close out the 31-7 scoring run before overtime. West Virginia came up with several big plays with a 76-yard Charles Sims touchdown run and a 76-yard Mario Alford scoring catch in the fourth.
- Iowa State outgained West Virginia 575 yards to 568
- Iowa State QB Grant Rohach completed 25-of-39 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns with a pick, and he ran nine times for 66 yards and a touchdown.
- West Virginia RB Charles Sims ran 24 times for 149 yards and two scores, and Mario Alford caught eight passes for 215 yards and a touchdown.
- Iowa State WR Quenton Bundrage caught seven passes for 93yards and two scores, and Justin Coleman caught five passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

at Iowa State 34, Kansas 0
Basically … Iowa State took control right away and never let the game get interesting. A year’s worth of frustration came out as Aaron Wimberly caught a 58-yard touchdown pass and Quenton Bundrage caught a 15-yard score o the way to the blowout. James White ran for a five-yard score in the third and Shontrelle Johnson ran for a 23-yard score.
- Iowa State QB Grant Rohach completed 15-of-20 passes for 300 yards and two scores with a pick.
- Kansas RB James Sims ran 21 times for 114 yards
- Iowa State outgained Kansas 502 yards to 279.
- Kansas attempted seven fourth down tries, converted two. The two teams combined to convert 6-of-27 third down tries.

at Oklahoma 48, Iowa State 10
Basically … Down 10-3 in the first quarter, Oklahoma scored 45 unanswered points sparked by a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown from Jalen Saunders. Damien Williams tore off touchdown runs from 59 and 19 yards, Brennan Clay added a 63-yard touchdown run, and Trevor Knight ran for a 56-yard score. OU outgained ISU 523 yards to 291.
- Oklahoma RB Damien Williams ran ten times for 128 yards and two scores, and Trevor Knight ran for 123 yards and a score on ten carries. Knight also completed 8-of-14 passes for 61 yards.
- Iowa State QB Grant Rohach completed 21-of-34 passes for 179 yards with two picks, and was sacked five times.
- Oklahoma LB Frank Shannon made eight tackles with two sacks.
- Iowa State FS Jacques Washington made 13 tackles.

TCU 21, at Iowa State 17
Basically … TCU QB Trevone Boykin ran for three touchdowns, with his final one-yard score coming with 38 seconds to play. The Horned Frogs had a 14-7 lead at halftime on Boykin runs from 18 and three yards out, and Iowa State got its score on a 15-yard dash from Sam B. Richardson. The Cyclones tied the game on a 98-yard DeVondrick Nealy kickoff return for a score to open the second half, and Cole Netten gave them the lead on a 35-yard field goal. The final ISU drive fizzled out at midfield.
- TCU QB Casey Pachall did all the passing, completing 20-of-36 passes for 245 yards with two picks, while Trevone Boykin did the running with five carries for 29 yards and three scores.
- Iowa State QB Grant Robach completed 18-of-39 passes for 148 yards.
- TCU LB Paul Dawson made 14 tackles with two tackles for loss. Safety Chris Hackett came up with 11 tackles with a forced fumble.
- Iowa State LB Jeremiah George made nine tackles with a pick and a tackle for loss.

at Kansas State 41, Iowa State 7, Nov. 2
Basically … Kansas State’s defense limited Iowa State’s offense to 249 total yards. The Wildcats shut out the Cyclones for the first 56 minutes of the game and forced three ISU turnovers, rolling to an easy win in Manhattan. Kansas State limited Iowa State quarterbacks to 17-of-36 completions for only 126 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. The Wildcats established a 17-0 halftime lead and took a 27-0 lead with 10:57 left in regulation on a three-yard touchdown run by John Hubert.
- Kansas State quarterbacks Jake Waters and Daniel Sams combined for 221 passing yards and 89 rushing yards. The pair completed 13-of-20 passes between them and did not throw an interception.
- Iowa State’s longest run from scrimmage was 13 yards.
- Iowa State’s longest passing play from the line of scrimmage was 16 yards. ISU did not produce a single scrimmage play beyond 20 yards.
- Kansas State’s offense generated five scrimmage plays of at least 23 yards in length.

Oklahoma State 58, at Iowa State 27
Basically … Oklahoma State started hot as Desmond Roland ran for the first of four touchdowns on the day and Justin Gilbert picked off a pass for a score on the way to an early 21-0 lead, but Iowa State fought back with two Quenton Bundrage touchdown catches and an 11-yard scoring run from DeVondrick Nealy to pull within eight before halftime. It was all OSU in the third quarter with Roland rumbling for a 58-yard score and Tyler Johnson taking a fumble for a touchdown on the way to a 24-point scoring run to make it a blowout.
- Iowa State’s defense just doesn’t have the horses up front. The run defense that’s been a problem got ripped to shreds, and while the offense showed some fight in the first half, mistakes and inefficiency proved costly throughout. The three turnovers were bad, but going 4-of-20 on third downs was worse.
- On a four-game losing streak, now the Cyclones have to win out to get to a bowl game – that’s not going to happen. The goal to close out the season is to get sharper and develop more playmakers on both sides of the ball. The coaching staff will still keep on pushing, of course, but the only thing that matters now is to improve each week and find something to build off of.

at Baylor 71, Iowa State 7
Basically … Bryce Petty threw two touchdown passes to Antwan Goodley and Lache Seastrunk ran for two short touchdowns as Baylor took a 37-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 64-0 lead before Iowa State finally got on the board with a 27-yard DeVondrick Nealy catch with 47 seconds to play. Because Baylor couldn’t let the Cyclones enjoy anything, Corey Coleman returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a score with 34 seconds to play.
- Now it’s getting ridiculous. How perfect was the Baylor offense? It hit on all ten of its third down conversion attempts, and settling for three Aaron Jones field goals in the first half – with the exception of one at with no time left on the clock – felt like a failure. It’s like the offense doesn’t know how to not come up with a big play.
- Iowa State ran into a buzzsaw. There simply wasn’t anything coming from the offense to match up with anything the Bear offense could come up with. The running game finished with just 41 yards on 33 carries, and the passing game went nowhere in a hurry. The D was a disaster, but the O didn’t help the cause.
- Looking for some semblance of a silver lining, Iowa State got 18 tackles and a sack out of linebacker Jeremiah George. His sack was the only time the Cyclones came up with anything to bother Bryce Petty.
- Could Baylor put up 100 on Kansas? The Bears will be 7-0 with the college football world focusing on the Thursday night game against Oklahoma. The big boys are coming, but there’s no stopping the offense right now. There’s no one in the Big 12 who’ll have any answers – it’s going to take a shootout win to beat the Bears.

at Texas Tech 42, Iowa State 35
Basically … Davis Webb threw three touchdown passes and Sadale Foster ran for a 38-yard touchdown to hold off a game Iowa State team. The Cyclones kept pace, helped by a 95-yard kickoff return for a score from Jarvis West and short scoring runs from Aaron Wimberly, Jeff Woody and Shontrelle Johnson, and they pulled within seven on a 16-yard E.J. Bibbs touchdown catch in the final minutes. The Red Raiders got the onside kick and held on.
- Davis Webb showed he could handle himself just fine as the Red Raider starting quarterback, completing 35-of-56 passes for 415 yards and three scores with an interception. Texas Tech turned the ball over three times, but the offense always answered the Iowa State scores by taking back the momentum, doing a good job of slowing things down defensively in the second half.
- Sam Richardson couldn’t keep up the pace with the passing game, and the ground attack didn’t help out. Special teams and takeaways from the defense helped keep Iowa State in the game, but Richardson’s 15-of-38, 168-yard, one score performance wasn’t enough. The ground game averaged just 3.7 yards per carry.
- Give Iowa State credit for hanging around and making it close late. The Cyclones were outplayed and outgained 666 yards to 311, but they still kept the game within seven in the final moments.
- Kliff Kingsbury is the first coach in Texas Tech history to start his career 6-0, and why? It seems like every week the focus is on the Texas Tech offense, but the biggest key might be a defense that’s swarming around the ball and isn’t giving up a thing on the ground.

Texas 31, at Iowa State 30
Basically … In a wild game, Texas avoided a disaster with two late goal line fumbles going its way, allowing Case McCoy to push his way in for the touchdown on the way to a 31-30 lead. Iowa State had one final shot, but after getting close to field goal range, a tipped pass fell into the arms of Jackson Jeffcoat to seal the Longhorn win. Texas started out the scoring with a 45-yard Johnathan Gray run on the way to a 10-0 lead, but Iowa State scored 13 straight points and appeared to be on its way into the locker room with a lead, but John Harris caught a 44-yard Hail Mary with no time left on the clock. The Cyclones took the lead back on a 97-yard Quenton Bundrage touchdown catch, and held a 30-24 lead late after Colt Netten’s third field goal of the day, but Texas rallied.
- Yes, Texas has a whole bunch of problems, and it might have gotten a huge break on the first of two Johnathan Gray goal line fumbles late, but the team could’ve seen the season go up in flames and it showed heart by coming back and hanging on. However, the Texas defense has to start wrapping up and stop bouncing off of runners.
- Iowa State’s Jeremiah George appeared to have come up with the big fumble recovery late, but Gray was called down. Even so, Georgia made 13 tackles with 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss in a brilliant day. He and running mate Luke Knott hit like the Texas defense should’ve.
- Case McCoy wasn’t perfect, but he didn’t throw any picks and completed 26-of-45 passes for 244 yards and score. Most importantly, he led the way on the final drive for the win.
- Iowa State deserved better. It was tougher and more physical, but the Hail Mary given up at the end of the first half, ten penalties and two turnovers hurt, and the door was left open. The Cyclones gained 100 more yards than Texas, but they settled for three field goals deep in Longhorn territory.

Iowa State 38, at Tulsa 21
Basically … Down 14-7, Iowa State took control with a defense that forced four turnovers and an Sam B. Richardson’s big night for the offense. The Cyclones got two Richardson touchdown passes, and Jeff Woody added three one-yard touchdown runs. Tulsa got two touchdown catches from Thomas Roberson, and pulled within ten in the fourth quarter, but the Cyclones were able to grind things out with Woody’s final scoring run putting thing away.
- He might not have gotten into the end zone, but Iowa State’s Aaron Wimberly came up with a really nice day, running for 137 yards on 19 carries and gashing the golden Hurricane on good run after good run.
- Tulsa’s mistakes were devastating. A Cody Green fumble led to key Cyclone points, and while he threw for 237 yards and a score, it wasn’t enough to offset the team’s four turnovers. The ground game wasn’t there to take back control.
- Sam B. Richardson ran well enough to overcome the Tulsa pass rush, and while he wasn’t always accurate, he threw for 255 yards and kept the offense moving when the Golden Hurricane couldn’t.
- The Golden Hurricane line had to do more against the run, but linebacker Shawn Jackson came up with 14 tackles and a pick, doing his part to keep the Cyclone ground game in check. Tulsa came up with four sacks, but it was Jackson who made play after play on his own.

Iowa 27, at Iowa State 21, Sept. 14
Basically … Jake Rudock threw two touchdown passes and ran for a one-yard score as Iowa took a 27-7 lead in the fourth quarter, and then came the flurry. Sam B. Richardson and Quenton Bundrage connected on touchdown passes from 67, 26 and 17 yards out, with the last two coming in the final five minutes to pull within six. Iowa fell on the onside kick and escaped.
- Call this the sigh of relief game for Kirk Ferentz. Iowa might not be all that explosive, and it might not be loaded, but it came up with a win over its in-state brother. Now everything is okay with Western Michigan up next before dealing with Minnesota.
- Iowa State just can’t establish the run. Iowa swarmed all over the Cyclone ball-carrier, but there wasn’t any room to move. Sam Richardson had to try carrying the attack through the air, and he almost pulled it off thanks to Quenton Bundrage and his seven catches for 146 yards and three scores.
- There still aren’t many deep plays in the Iowa passing game, but Jake Rudock didn’t throw any picks and he kept control of the game. It helped that Mark Weisman was a rock with 35 carries for 145 yards. He helped Iowa hold the ball for over 38 minutes.
- Iowa State’s defense is making stops, but it isn’t getting off the field. The linebackers kept making too many plays down the field. The defensive line isn’t generating enough of a push.

Northern Iowa 28, at Iowa State 20, Aug. 31
Basically … David Johnson ran for 199 yards and two scored and caught a 29-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to give UNI an eight point lead, and then the defense held on. The Panthers had a 21-7 lead in the second quarter, and then the Iowa State offense kicked in with Sam Richardson throwing a seven-yard touchdown pass to James White and Cole Netten hitting two field goals, but that was it in the third quarter.
- That’s it for the Iowa State bowl hopes and the season. The Cyclones are going to need to pull off several upsets to get a 13th game.
- It’s not fair to pin any loss on a long field goal attempts, but Edwin Arceo’s misses from 48 and 54 yards away in the first half hurt.
- So who’s going to replace A.J. Klein and Jake Knott as the new star linebackers? The answer might be no one. Jared Brackens made ten tackles with a sack, but corner Sam Richardson led the team with 13 tackles and safety Deon Broomfield came up with two big plays with two forced fumbles.

Spring Analysis

Why To Be Excited The offense might not have exploded or kept up the pace with most Big 12 powerhouses, but the potential is there to be more effective thanks to a good line that loses tackle Carter Bykowski but gets everyone else back. The quarterback situation should be settled with Sam B. Richardson the face of the franchise after Jared Barnett transferred, and now it’s about maximizing his potential. A baller, he ran for 119 yards against West Virginia and threw three touchdown passes, and he finished up the year as the main man for the final three games throwing for eight scores with just one pick. However …

Why To Be Grouchy Most of Richardson’s top targets are gone including leading receiver Josh Lenz, Chris Young and Aaron Horne. The passing game wasn’t exactly efficient, and it might take a little while before it can find the pop needed to keep up with some of the league’s better offenses. The defense that did next to nothing to get into the backfield on a regular basis loses three starters on the front line including tackle Cleyon Laing and end Roosevelt Maggitt. The back seven has the near impossibility of coming up with fill-ins for the injured Jake Knott and all-around playmaking linebacker A.J. Klein.

What Needs Working On The secondary. If the offense isn’t going to hang 40 points on the board and crank out 500 yards a game, the defense has to occasionally be a rock to have any hope of doing anything in the Big 12. The Cyclone pass defense didn’t get beaten deep on a regular basis, but it gave up way too many yards and occasionally got dinked and dunked on to death. Corner Jeremy Teeves and safety Durrell Givens are gone, and now the spotlight will be on this spring to see if Deon Broomfield can rise up as either a strong safety or in a corner role. Jansen Watson should be set at one corner and Jacques Washington is a good free safety, but Cliff Stokes and Sam Richardson have to show that they’ll not only be ready to play, but can improve the situation.

Non-Conference Games: Northern Iowa, Iowa, at Tulsa
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 4-8

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Northern Iowa, Iowa, at Tulsa, Kansas

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: Texas, at Texas Tech, at Baylor, Oklahoma State, at Kansas State, TCU, at Oklahoma, at West Virginia

Schedule Analysis: Basically, as always for the Cyclones, it’s going to take a few out-of-the-blue upsets to go bowling. It’s a strangely planned out slate with two weeks off in September and none the rest of the way. The Cyclones open up with the always-feisty in-state game against Northern Iowa before getting a week off to get ready for Iowa and a trip to Tulsa. But just when teams begin to hit their stride, all of a sudden, there’s another bye week before starting Big 12 play against Texas.

As if starting out against the Longhorns wasn’t bad enough, ISU has to go on the road three times in the next four weeks going to Texas Tech and Baylor before hosting Oklahoma State and going to Kansas State. It’s not like things ease up with TCU to follow before going to Oklahoma. Finally, there seems to be a bit of a break getting Kansas in Jack Trice, but the year finishes up at West Virginia.

Team Concerns For 2013: The Cyclones have to find more pop on offense. The attack was able to come up big against some of the weaker defenses, but it didn't do enough on a consistent basis to make much noise in the second half of the season. The quarterback play has to be more efficient and more effective. The defense has to find a way to get into someone's backfield after finishing 112th in the nation in sacks and 103rd in tackles for loss. With just five starters returning, there are plenty of openings, especially on the line. The kickoff return game was the worst in the Big 12 and needs more out of Jarvis West..

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. The Cyclones need more firepower to keep up with the Big 12 powerhouses, and they went hard after quarterbacks bringing in three options in Joel Lanning, Trevor Hodge and Alton Meeks. The line is getting the big reinforcements with tackle Jake Campos the star of the clas, and Shawn Curtis out of Orlando a decent prospect who just needs a little time in the weight room. JUCO tackle Rodney Coe and prepster J.D. Waggoner add talent to the defensive front.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 74. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. Iowa State will never get the four and five-star prospects the other Big 12 teams bring in, so it’s all about strength in numbers. The Cyclones will sign several receivers to try to improve an always-mediocre passing game, while the defense will concentrate mostly on the line. The last few classes have been working on the skill players, and soon it all has to start paying off. It might take one more year, though. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 70. That Class Was Heavy On ... Skill players. Apparently, head coach Paul Rhoads is looking to branch out and looking for more options to play around with. Three quarterbacks were brought in with an eye both to 2011, with JUCO transfer Steele Jantz, and to the future with Jaquarius Daniels and Sam Richardson getting time to groom. JUCO transfer tight end Ernst Brun will be a part of the offense right away, while the hope will be for at least one new receiver, probably Quenton Bundrage or Tad Ecby, to be ready. Running backs DeVondrick Nealy and Rob Standard fit the Cyclone mold.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 71. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. After going after wide receivers last year, second-year head coach Paul Rhoads made sure the defensive shelves were stocked bringing in six key prospects including JUCO transfer Anthony Young, who might be penciled in at one corner spot, and JUCO safety Durrell Evans. For the offense, Shontrelle Johnson leads a good-looking group of running backs and JUCO transfers Chris Young and Albert Gary will be counted on in the receiving corps.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 73. That Class Was Heavy On ... receivers. New head coach Paul Rhoads might be a defensive coach by nature, but he and his staff went after offense with the passing game getting the most help. Running backs James White and Beau Blankenship will be a major part of the attack soon, but the goal is to get the new receivers into the mix as soon as possible. Five wide receivers and tight end Willie Scott were added, with Donnie Jennert the best prospect with 6-6 size and good speed, while JUCO transfer Josh Bellamy has field-stretching wheels.

   

  

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