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COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: Day 50

The football season is right around the corner and Cyclone Fanatic is here to help you count down the days until Northern Iowa rolls into Jack Trice Stadium on Sept.2 . We start our countdown at No. 50.

The defensive line has historically been one of the toughest positions for Iowa State to keep stocked, but the Cyclones will enter the 2017 season with one of its deepest groups in years.

A big piece of that depth will be the addition of redshirt freshman defensive end Eyioma Uwazurike. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound former three-star recruit is already one of the most physically imposing players on Matt Campbell’s roster despite not having stepped on the field for an actual game.

The Detroit, Mich. native was rated as the No. 48 defensive end in the 2016 class when he chose the Cyclones over offers from Michigan State, UCF and Temple. During his senior season at Southfield-Lathrup High, he recorded 50 tackles, 12 of them for a loss, and six sacks. Those stats came one season after he compiled 12 sacks during his junior campaign.

Iowa State enters fall camp with a large number of snaps to fill along the defensive line and if Uwazurike is able to live up to the potential he’s shown, he will be right in the mix to make an impact in 2017.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared is in his fourth year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He's the site's lead reporter for ISU recruiting. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as the full-time staff writer in May 2016. Jared has spent the last five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI. He's the sideline reporter for KASI's Ames High football broadcasts and has appeared frequently on the station's baseball broadcasts during the summer.