New Depth Chart: Mix up at LB

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By Chris Williams, Publisher

The Iowa State football program has released its depth chart for the Kansas State game that will take place on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

9-13 depth chart

As expected, there’s been a major mixup at linebacker after the news broke in Iowa City that middle linebacker Matt Tau’fo’ou suffered a broken fibula.

Replacing Tau’fo’ou at middle linebacker on the depth chart is sophomore A.J. Klein, who slides over from SAM.

According to the new depth chart, former walk-on Matt Morton has the early lead to replace Klein at SAM, with redshirt freshman Jacques Washington as his backup.

Still, keep in mind that it is only Monday. After Saturday’s loss to Iowa, Rhoads did say that he planned on holding an "open competition" for the starting SAM spot. Rhoads also mentioned that the team could end up playing more nickel, since depth at linebacker is obviously an issue.

Other Notes

– True freshman Shontrelle Johnson has jumped over redshirt freshman James White on the depth chart. Johnson is now listed as Iowa State’s third-string back behind Alexander Robinson and Jeff Woody.

Kirby Van Der Kamp and Daniel Kuehl are still listed as c0-starters at punter. One would have to give Van Der Kamp the edge though after he averaged 40.4 yards per punt in Saturday’s loss to Iowa.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.