Iowa State rebuilding its defense
Sun, 07 Apr 2013 01:55:19 GMT —
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Last season was a rare instance when Iowa State could control games with its defensive line and linebackers.
The Cyclones are hoping they've recruited enough depth under fourth-year coach Paul Rhoads to rebuild their front seven rather than watch it regress.
Iowa State loses three first-team All-Big 12 performers; linebackers Jake Knott and A.J. Klein and lineman Jake McDonough, from a defense that finished third in the league in scoring in 2012.
In their place during spring practice are just two players with extensive starting experience and a ton of youngsters with an opportunity to crack the rotation.
All that youth has led to some inconsistent efforts, including a scrimmage performance on Saturday that defensive coordinator Wally Burnham dubbed "ragged."
The Cyclones, who went 6-7 in 2012, close spring practice with a public scrimmage on April 20.