Iowa State coach Matt Campbell confirmed through a statement issued by the school Monday that junior offensive tackle Jake Campos suffered a leg injury Sunday and is out for an indefinite amount of time.
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The Ames Tribune reported via sources that Campos suffered a broken leg and could miss the season.
The loss of Campos could be a major blow for the Cyclones’ offense. The 6-foot-8, 300-pound junior accounted for 23 of the 24 returning starts on Iowa State’s offensive line. Campos was being counted on to help stabilize a unit that has to replace four starters. He was a former four-star recruit who Rivals rated as the No. 1 player in Iowa in the prep class of 2013,
The only other lineman with FBS experience is graduate transfer center Brian Bobek who started during his career at Minnesota.
The top candidates to take over for Campos will be juniors Jaypee Philbert and Shawn Curtis.
“Shawn Curtis had a really good spring for us,” Campbell said during Big 12 media days last month. “I like Shawn. He has to continue to get bigger and stronger. Jaypee, it’s consistency of play. Jaypee is in great shape right now, which is really exciting for me to see.”
Other options for the offensive tackle spots would be moving redshirt freshmen centers Julian Good-Jones and Bryce Meeker.