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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


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.