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AMES — If you peek ahead to next season and look at Iowa State’s offensive line, coaches are looking at a similar rebuild in 2017 to the one they faced this fall.
However, the Cyclones could be getting a piece back they hadn’t anticipated until recently.
Right guard Patrick Scoggins, who has started all five games at guard this season, will seek a sixth year of eligibility following this season, Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell said Wednesday.
“He’s the guy that kind of brought it to our attention, which was refreshing,” Campbell said. “I think we were like, ‘This is news to us.’ We were really excited about it.
“We’ll help him any way we can to see if that’s something that is real and sticks. It’s something that he certainly brought to us and we’d love to have him around for another year.”
The 6-foot-1, 295-pounder spent a redshirt season at Sacramento State as a walk-on, and was injured during his time there in 2012. He transferred to Long Beach Community College where he played two years before ending up at Iowa State.
Scoggins suffered a season-ending knee injury early in fall camp last year, missing all of the 2015 season.
With the potential Scoggins returns in 2017, plus Jake Campos (broken leg) and Julian Good-Jones, the rebuild of the offensive line would be slightly less intense.
“Now are we counting on it? No, but it’s certainly a possibility and we apply for it and just kind of see what happens,” Campbell said. “I think there’s enough both from his redshirt year when he was injured and then the other year where he did not play due to injury that will at least give us a fighting chance.”
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