On Saturday, Nigel Tribune became the first true freshman to see the field for Iowa State since the 2011 season.
Be prepared for him to see a lot more of it, per a program source, who expects Tribune to soon overtake sophomore Sam E. Richardson as the starter at left cornerback. The Cyclones coaching staff thinks Tribune will be a star, and it's only a matter of time.
Kamari Cotton-Moya had similar expectations and was certainly going to play this season before he tore his Achilles. The freshman is out for the season.
Some more program notes:
David Irving tallied his second career sack Saturday against Iowa. The defensive staff sees the light coming on for Irving, who was explosive off the snap against the Hawkeyes and used his hands well.
It was reiterated again to me that Kyle Lichtenberg's benching was strictly for performance reasons. The fifth-year senior didn't grade out well in the opening loss against Northern Iowa and new line coach Chris Klenakis had no prior loyalties to any returning starters. His line of thinking: Why not get to work with the guy, Brock Dagel, who has three seasons of eligibility? At 6-foot-8, Dagel is two inches taller than Lichtenberg.
Let's stay on the offensive line for a moment. Jake Campos isn't presently on the two-deep, but everybody I've talked to is very excited about the 6-foot-7 true freshman. He's going to be at least a two-year starter, even if he won't play too much this season.
Big improvement is projected for Jared Brackens, from now until the end of the season. He's one of the fastest players on the defensive side of the ball but his positioning in coverage is a work in progress.
There's not much worry Chicago St. Rita running back Tommy Mister is going to decommit. His mother is pushing toward the Cyclones while his father remains ambivalent.
Should have an update later on a surprise visit over the weekend by a player who is committed elsewhere. Stay tuned.
The Cyclones coaching staff thinks Tribune will be a star, and it's only a matter of time