Just hours before kicking off the Liberty Bowl in Memphis against a high-flying Tigers offense, Iowa State announced that the team will be without two starters in the secondary. Safeties Evrett Edwards and Kamari Cotton-Moya will not play. Edwards is ineligible and Cotton-Moya is suspended for violating team rules.
This is a huge blow for the Cyclones, who face a Memphis team that has one of the best offenses in the country. QB Riley Ferguson is 7th in the country with 3,971 passing yards, with 36 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. Memphis is fourth in the country in total offense, averaging just under 550 yards per game and is second in the country averaging 47.7 points per game.
Cotton-Moya is a team captain who leads the Cyclones with three interceptions and is sixth on the team with 60 tackles. Edwards is seventh on the team in tackles with 54 and has 4.5 tackles for loss.
So it’s next man, or men up, for the Cyclones, which means redshirt freshmen Lawrence White and Aaron Austin, who are listed as the backups on the Cyclones’ depth chart.
No doubt this is a huge blow for Iowa State, but this is the tight ship Matt Campbell runs and he’s proven to not put winning a football game over his program’s values or character.
Iowa State kicks off in the Liberty Bowl against the Tigers at 11:30 a.m. C.T. on ABC from Memphis, Tennessee. Here you can find our complete preview of the game.