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Defensive Player to Watch vs. Oklahoma State: Greg Eisworth

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He will be need in the run game and covering the pass

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Texas Christian Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Look, I know what you are thinking. “Didn’t you already choose this guy against Oklahoma?” Yes, I did, but he is back for good reason once again. He will be needed big time in this game on Saturday, especially in the first half with Isheem Young having to sit out.

Greg Eisworth has had a solid season to date, but he has yet to have that breakout performance where he sticks out in the crowd. There is no better time for that to happen than this weekend against Oklahoma State. It’s a simple reason as well: Oklahoma State has multiple weapons and Greg Eisworth is solid against both the run and the pass.

This Cowboys team has yet to be tested against a defense quite like Iowa State’s, but they are still dangerous as always. Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace are as dangerous as they come and Iowa State is going to have to contain both of them to win this ball game. Greg Eisworth is going to have to be a big part of that. Especially in the first half with Isheem Young having to sit the half out due to the targeting penalty against Texas Tech two weeks ago.

Oklahoma State has averaged 30 points per game, over 200 yards on the ground, and just under 200 yards per game through the air. As we have seen, Iowa State’s secondary be vulnerable to the passes deep and Oklahoma State is going to to try and exploit that with Tylan Wallace. Then again, you have to worry about Chubba Hubbard and now the emerging back behind him, LD Brown. It’s going to be pick your poison for this Iowa State defense and it’s great to have a adaptable defender in Eisworth to help.

This is a big game in Stillwater with a lot on the line this early in the season. The loser is not out of the race by any means, but a win will go a long ways.