Here are four Cyclones who Iowa State fans might know, but have low profiles throughout the conference. You'll be hearing from them in 2010.
Brayden Burris, RT
Burris started just one game (Texas A&M) a season ago, but left the spring as the Cyclones' starter at right tackle. Iowa State has lots of talent at the skill positions, specifically at quarterback in Austen Arnaud and Alexander Robinson at running back. The 6-foot-6, 276-pound sophomore will be responsible for making sure that talent gets a chance to showcase itself. He'll start opposite left tackle Kelechi Osemele, one of the Big 12's best linemen, so the bar for success on the offense's front line will be high.
Jake Knott and A.J. Klein, LBs
Iowa State's starting 22 features just three sophomores, including special teams. Knott and Klein join Burris as the other two. Just four starters return on defense, but hopes are high that Knott and Klein will be reasons that the drop-off from Jesse Smith, who led the Big 12 with 135 stops a season ago, won't be too dramatic. The two combined for 40 tackles as freshmen, and still have plenty to learn, but they'll do it as starting outside linebackers likely flanking fellow first-year starter and juco transfer Matt Tau'fo'ou in the middle.
Darius Reynolds, WR
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound juco transfer looked like a strong candidate for Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2009, catching 13 passes in his first two games as a Cyclone. But Reynolds, who'll be a junior in 2010, suffered a knee injury that ended his season and hurt Iowa State's depth at receiver. He's back this season and will try to recapture some of the excitement he gave fans in his debut.
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