Only 44 days until Iowa State kicks off the 2011 season against Northern Iowa. Coincidentally (or perhaps part of a larger conspiracy? You decide), the football staff released an updated depth chart today. 44 days until kickoff, 44 players on the two deeps for offense & defense. And yes, this depth chart goes three-deep, but let's just focus on the top two at each position for now.
It appears that the quarterback quandary is no closer to being settled, but that's not really news (Paul Rhoads has said nothing will be decided until fall camp). And as running backs coach Kenneth Pope has indicated, Iowa State will use four running backs next year, platooning with Shontrelle Johnson, Jeff Woody, James White & Duran Hollis.
After a big performance in the spring game (did you SEE that catch?!), Juco transfer & Steele Jantz's favorite target Aaron Horne has worked his way to a starting spot at wide receiver. And redshirt freshman Tom Farniok seems to have taken hold of the center position, hopefully ending the controversy of who would fill in for departed center Ben Lamaak.
So not much new in this depth chart, and it's only the middle of summer, so not too much can be taken away from this list. But the biggest surprise on the depth chart is the apparent reinstatement of Jacob Lattimer at starting defensive end. After Lattimer's brush with the law earlier this year, many assumed that he would sit for the season opener. That still may happen, but it's encouraging to see Lattimer work his way back to the top of the depth chart so quickly. Or maybe the football staff just got wind of the Lattimer Alert System, and wanted to stay on his good side.
C 74 Tom Farniok, 6-3, 280, Fr.#
67 Sam Tautolo, 6-3, 312, Jr.
56 Ben Loth, 6-5, 322, Fr.#
QB 11 **Jerome Tiller, 6-3, 211, Jr.# -OR-
2 Steele Jantz, 6-3, 224, Jr. -OR-
16 Jared Barnett, 6-0, 200, Fr.#
RB 21 *Shontrelle Johnson, 5-9, 187, So.
32 *Jeff Woody, 6-0, 235, So.# -OR-
8 *James White, 5-8, 184, So.# -OR-
24 Duran Hollis, 5-9, 203, Fr.#
WR 3 Aaron Horne, 5-9, 175, Jr.
18 Albert Gary, 5-10, 196, So.#
15 Chris Young, 5-11, 197, Jr.#
LE 48 *Jacob Lattimer, 6-3, 247, Sr.#
50 Willie Scott, 6-2, 223, So.#
31 Rony Nelson, 6-1, 248, Jr.#
MLB 45 *Matt Tau’fo’ou, 5-11, 239, Sr.# -OR-
7 *Jeremiah George, 5-11, 226, So.
WLB 20 **Jake Knott, 6-2, 243, Jr.
55 Jevohn Miller, 6-4, 244, Fr.
19 Floyd Matison, 5-10, 203, Fr.#
RCB 23 ***Leonard Johnson, 5-10, 202, Sr.
4 *Anthony Young, 5-8, 177, Sr.
Nickel 22 ***Ter’Ran Benton, 6-0, 208, Sr.
27 C.J. Morgan, 6-2, 207, Fr.#
P 13 *Kirby Van Der Kamp, 6-4, 193, So.
PK 21 ***Grant Mahoney, 6-0, 185, Sr.
25 Zach Guyer, 6-3, 195, Sr.
KR/PR 23 ***Leonard Johnson, 5-10, 202, Sr.
19 **Josh Lenz, 6-0, 197, Jr.
21 *Shontrelle Johnson, 5-9, 187, So.
DS 46 ***Dakota Zimmerman, 6-1, 239, Sr.
HO 8 Brett Bueker, 6-4, 237, Jr.#
as of conclusion of spring practice