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Defensive Players to Watch: Iowa State @ Kansas State


NCAA Football: Texas at Iowa State Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

With one of the longest continuous series in college football history stopping in 2027, the Cyclones need to get some wins these final years to make sure we end with the winning record over the other Ag school that produces the far less superior crop.

Iowa State: Defensive Line

I can’t pick a specific player off this defensive line to watch. Last week, the defensive line came out in full force. Joey Petersen had two sacks, Onyedim had a sack, and Trent Jones had a sack as well against a very strong Texas line. This season, the defensive line has accounted for 12 of the 21 sacks with blitzing linebackers seven more. They have allowed only 124 rushing and 211 passing yards per game while also holding opponents to an average of 20 points per game as well. Generating pass rush and plugging running lanes will be critical against a potent K-State rushing attack, which runs behind one of the best offensive lines in college football.

Kansas State: Kobe Savage

Kobe is a senior who started his career at Tyler JC. He was a top-5 JUCO transfer at the safety spot that flipped his commitment from North Texas to Kansas State in December of 2021. Since joining the Mildcats, he has totaled 114 tackles, one forced fumble, and six interceptions. His best game came against Texas Tech where he accumulated seven tackles and two interceptions.

Kobe is currently on the Jim Thorpe Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, and the Chuck Bednarik Award watch lists. Last year, he was an All-Big 12 Second Team player, an Honorable Mention Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year, and won a Big 12 Newcomer of the Week award against Oklahoma.