Friday, August 17, 2012
Fresh faces: Iowa State
By David Ubben
Today we continue our look across the league at a couple of players from each team who had low profiles last year, but that you'd better get to know before 2012. They just may be household names by season's end.
Next up: Iowa State.
Jacques Washington, S: Washington flew around the field for an underrated Iowa State secondary last year, finishing third on the team with 90 tackles. He's back this season, and the 6-foot-1, 213-pound junior should have a big impact. He was all over the place in the biggest win in school history, the November upset of No. 2 Oklahoma State that sent the Cyclones to a bowl game for the second time in three seasons. He forced a fumble and nabbed his first career interception. In his second year as a full-time starter, he just may blossom into one of the league's stars.
Brayden Burris, OT: Kelechi Osemele was the man everyone kept an eye on in Iowa State's offensive line, but the coaches have been lauding Burris this offseason. Is it possible he could be even better than Osemele? Burris suffered a broken leg against Texas, but returned in the final two games of the season against Kansas State and Rutgers, holding down the right tackle spot opposite Osemele.
Jarvis West, WR: West is the most explosive talent on Iowa State's roster other than a healthy Shontrelle Johnson, and Iowa State's going to get him the ball a lot more this season. The shifty 5-foot-7, 165-pounder is tough to get a solid shot on, and he makes a big impact on special teams, too. He caught four passes for 34 yards in the win over Oklahoma State and finished the season with 25 catches for 141 yards and an average of 26 yards on his 22 kick returns. He's not terribly consistent in his production, but he's a handful for defenses, and should only be moreso as a sophomore this season.