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JaQuan Bailey to redshirt, return for 2020 season

Iowa State will continue to have an embarrassment of riches at the defensive end spot.

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After sustaining a season-ending leg injury requiring surgery in the Baylor game, senior defensive end JaQuan Bailey is planning to redshirt and return for the 2020 season. Under the old redshirt rule, Bailey would have had to try to obtain a medical redshirt in order to return, but since he only played in four games he can utilize the new redshirt rule to his advantage since he played as a true freshman.

Here’s what the position group could potentially look like in 2020, as of right now:


Jaquan Bailey
Zach Petersen

Enyi Uwazurike
Will McDonald

Rotation Players

Cordarrius Bailey
Corey Suttle
Blake Peterson
Tucker Robertson

Special Teams/Situational

Connor Greene
Dan Sichterman

Incoming Freshmen (as of 10/28/19)

Johnny Wilson

Obviously, a lot of this could change depending on how players progress in the offseason, attrition, future commitments, etc., but as it stands, that is an extremely potent group of defensive ends that should continue to create havoc in the backfield.