First look: Iowa State’s pre-camp depth chart

FRISCO, Texas — Every year when I take my first look at Iowa State’s pre-camp depth chart, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. Except I know Santa is essentially messing with me. I’ve learned over the years that depth charts are actually pretty pointless. Doesn’t mean they aren’t interesting though.

Defensively, this one is.

A few quick notes that stood out…

Marcel Spears, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound sophomore, is listed as a starting linebacker notably over veteran Reggan Northrup.

Matt Leo, the massive 6-foot-7, 276-pound JUCO transfer, is listed as a second-string defensive tackle. He came in as a defensive end. Interesting.

The offensive line… Jake Campos is back at LT. Then you’ve got Bryce Meeker, a sophomore, over at RT. Iowa Western Community College transfer Josh Knipfel is a second-string guard.

More thoughts coming later today from the “Big D.” Gonna be a busy one.

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.

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