4. Defensive line
Speaking of this unit… all the starters from last year, Demond Tucker, Mitchell Meyers and Jhaustin Thomas are gone.
There are several new faces here, including some of the 7 defensive linemen that Matt Campbell recruited in his 2017 class. Ray Lima is one of the biggest incoming names. The JUCO recruit picked ISU over TCU and several Pac 12 schools, and is expected to make an immediate impact on the line.
On Saturday, Heacock said, “We’re just young, but I really love their attitudes and their want-to’s and they are some big bodies in there.” Along with Lima, who is 6’3”, 310 pounds, Jamahl Johnson should see plenty of time on the interior of the defensive line and is 6’1”, 318 pounds. Let’s see how much damage these two can do together.
Also, how does rising redshirt freshman Carson Lenning do with his first serious reps? Will Vernell Trent become the leader of the unit after playing in 12 games last season and starting 4? His role will increase for this group.
There are certainly question marks all over the defensive line and now we just need to see who emerges.