- Brandon Chatmon, College Football
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Last week we began evaluating the 10 best players this spring on every Big 12 roster.
Again, these lists won't include junior college or freshman signees who have yet to arrive on campus. We're only looking at players currently with their teams this spring. These rankings are sure to change, but here's our best assessment for the moment. We continue with the Iowa State Cyclones:
1. S Kamari Cotton-Moya: A FWAA Freshman All-American and Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Cotton-Moya played beyond his years during his redshirt freshman season. Cotton-Moya led ISU with 77 tackles and added eight pass breakups in 2014. He brings playmaking and versatility to the Cyclones' defense
2. CB Nigel Tribune: The junior has been a key part of the Cyclones defense since his true freshman season, starting 18 games during his first couple of seasons in Ames, Iowa. He's not going to overwhelm receivers with his size but he's one of the Big 12's most competitive cornerbacks with the ability to make teams think twice before building a game plan around attacking him.
3. WR Quenton Bundrage: A healthy Bundrage might be atop this list. Bundrage missed the 2014 season with an ACL injury but could return as one of the Big 12's top receiving threats. He brings a terrific combination of size, speed and big play ability to the Cyclones. He had 48 receptions for 676 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013.
4. QB Sam B. Richardson: The Cyclones really need the Richardson who terrorized Texas to become commonplace in 2015. Richardson had a 84.2 total QBR against the Longhorns with
345 passing yards and four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing). He's one of the Big 12's most experienced returning quarterbacks.
5. WR D'Vario Montgomery: The South Florida transfer really came on during the final two months of the 2014 season after making a minimal impact in ISU's first four games. He finished with 44 receptions for 605 yards and two touchdowns after having one catch in the Cyclones' first four games.
6. WR Allen Lazard: The sky is the limit for Lazard, who got more experience than expected as a true freshman following Bundrage's injury. He should be even better as a sophomore after 45 receptions for 593 yards and three touchdowns.
7. G Daniel Burton: The junior should be the foundation of the Cyclones offensive line for the next two seasons. He brings terrific experience as a two-year starter along the offensive line and, despite missing the spring, should be even better in 2015.
8. CB Sam E. Richardson: He pairs with Tribune to give ISU a solid duo at cornerback. Teams have success at times taking advantage of Richardson's lack of size (5-foot-9, 189 pounds) but he led the Cyclones with four interceptions and added 58 tackles as 10 games as a starter.
9. DT Demond Tucker: He's done nothing in the Cyclones uniform but he's already landed a spot on this list with a strong first semester in the program. He's already risen to the top of the depth chart at defensive tackle. The No. 28 player in the ESPN JC50 appears ready to make an immediate impact on Paul Rhoads team.
10. T Jake Campos: Just a sophomore, Campos sits atop the depth chart at left tackle. If he can have a strong sophomore season, he would pair with Burton to give ISU an improved offensive line.
We continue our series with the Iowa State Cyclones: