Notebook: Morton to start at linebacker

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By Chris Williams, Publisher

Iowa State’s issues at linebacker look a little more clear after Wednesday’s practice.

Matt Tau’fo’ou is out with a broken leg. Redshirt sophomore Matt Morton is now in at SAM linebacker.

"We’ll start Matt Morton," Burnham told after Wednesday’s practice."He’s ahead of anybody else besides A.J."

It always helps to have a plan B. Burnham does. That is sliding sophomore A.J. Klein (who will start the game at middle linebacker) over to SAM and playing true freshman Jeremiah George in the middle.

"The only other choice we would have is to bring a freshman up," Burnham said.

That freshman is 6-foot-1, 214-pound Houston, Texas native Adrian Bennett and yes, Iowa State would have to burn his redshirt should he play on Saturday.

"We have worked him (Bennett), Burnham said. "He’s been putting in a lot of work but I don’t foresee him playing. I would go with A.J. and Jeremiah before I would go to Adrian."

As for George, playing him isn’t ideal either.

"He’s not ready," Burnham said. "If we got in that situation, I wouldn’t have any choice."

Iowa State and Kansas State will kick off at 11:10 a.m. on Saturday from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. We’ll have plenty more coverage leading up to kickoff right here at as the week rolls along.

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.