Already housing a young offensive line quintet, Iowa State will be without one of its more experienced blockers on Saturday. The team suspended starting left tackle JayPee Philbert on Friday for a violation of team rules, Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports.
The program did not specify how long Philbert would be out, but the suspension is not categorized as indefinite, pointing to a path back to the lineup for Philbert in advance of the Cyclones’ next contest. Nevertheless, Iowa State’s hopes at rebounding from its disastrous outing against its top rival last week will be a bit tougher.
Iowa routed Iowa State last week, 42-3, to drop the Cyclones to 0-2. This shapes up as a tough week not to have all hands on deck. Iowa State begins Big 12 play on Saturday with a trip to Dallas to face TCU, which is coming off a home loss to Arkansas. The Horned Frogs are favored by 24.5 points.
Philbert, 21, becomes the second Cyclone offensive lineman to be suspended this season. Redshirt freshman Julian Good-Jones missed the first game due to being popped with a team-rules violation. Iowa State, which is beginning a new era after firing longtime coach Paul Rhoads after last season, began 2016 with one of the least-experienced lines in Division I. The Cyclones returned just six cumulative starts on their offensive front, which, per Birch, tied them for the third-fewest mark in the nation.
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Philbert started the first two games for Iowa State after playing in 10 contests as a sophomore in 2015.