Expectations low for Iowa State; players leave Iowa squad
IOWA CITY — Iowa wide receiver Cameron Wilson and lineman Drew Clark have left the program.
Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz announced Monday that Wilson, a redshirt freshman, notified him last month that he intends to transfer.
Clark, a seldom-used senior from nearby Marion, will forego his final season to focus on his schoolwork.
Iowa opened fall practice on Monday. The Hawkeyes will hold an open scrimmage on Aug. 17 and host Northern Illinois in their season opener on Aug. 31.
AMES — The Big 12 is as unsettled as ever heading into 2013, with more than half the league earning at least one first-place vote in preseason poll.
Except, of course, for Iowa State.
Once again, expectations are fairly low for the Cyclones.
Iowa State, which finished 6-7 and 3-6 in the Big 12 in 2012, has been picked ninth.
The Cyclones need to replace at least 11 starters and are highly unsettled at defensive line and wide receiver heading into fall camp, which began on Monday.
Iowa State opens its fifth season under coach Paul Rhoads against Northern Iowa on Aug. 31.
Rhoads says the competition for starting spots is a good thing, adding that it creates the appetite necessary for improvement.