Iowa State brought in six JUCO transfers last year, but only one had a huge impact on the season. Safety David Sims was a difference maker on the Cyclone defense. He was named the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year after leading the Cyclones with 5 interceptions and contributing 88 tackles from his safety position.
The Cyclones signed six JUCO’s again this year and similar to last year we only expect one or two to make an immediate impact. Here is a breakdown of the JUCO newcomers.
1. CB Anthony Young #4 – The 5-8 172 pound junior is currently listed behind starter Leonard Johnson at right cornerback. Young will see plenty of time in nickel situations and will contribute on special teams as well.
2. TE Ricky Howard #81 – The Cyclones offense likes to go with two tight ends. Collin Franklin and Kurt Hammerschmidt are ahead of Howard on the depth chart, but Ricky will see his share of reps.
3. WR Chris Young #15 (POSSIBLE REDSHIRT) – We had hoped that Chris could be the deep threat that the Cyclones have been lacking the last couple years, but Iowa State lists 8 receivers on the depth chart and Young is not one of them. Chris has a redshirt year available so we wouldn’t be surprised to see him redshirt with a deep wide receiver corps.
4. S Durrell Givens #24 (POSSIBLE REDSHIRT) – Durrell has not cracked the two deeps even with the suspension to David Sims in the opener. It could be a combination of him being a little banged up in camp and the emergence of redshirt freshman Jacques Washington and Deon Broomfield. Givens is a candidate to redshirt this season as well.
5. OL Jon Caspers #57 (REDSHIRT) – Caspers asked to redshirt this year and the coaching staff obliged. It appears the staff is high on Jon as he is already listed as the #2 left guard. We expect Caspers to jump in and start at LG next year with the departure of Alex Alvarez.
6. DE Rony Nelson #31 (REDSHIRT) – Rony was admitted to school this year, but will have to redshirt. Nelson will be eligible for competition in 2011. The 6-2 250 pound Miami native was a sack machine at his junior college and should challenge for immediate playing time.