Trevor Downing and Colin Newell will try to hold down the fort, plus Sean Foster has the senior leadership. The trio have combined for 33 career starts and will a key aspect to Purdy finishing the year with All-Big 12 status again. Add redshirt freshman Grant Treiber to the mix and the unit has the potential to be special. He’s massive in size and has the highest upside out of all the new faces.

Offensive Coordinator Tom Manning is versatile with his play calling and the Cyclones are equally effective at running the ball. Although Iowa State’s passing attack got all the praise and shine, Manning still made sure Breece Hall got his carries. Hall surpassed the century mark on the ground in four separate Big 12 games as a true freshman.

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