AMES — The Iowa State offensive line will once again be shorthanded as it searches for consistency and growth.
Offensive tackle Jaypee Philbert has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team policies, an ISU spokesman confirmed Friday. Philbert has started the first two games at left tackle on an inexperienced offensive line.
Philbert, a junior, played in 10 games as a reserve last season and recorded his first start, along with most of the other pieces of the offensive line, in week one. With the absence of the 6-foot-5, 310-pounder, the Cyclones (0-2) will produce their third different starting lineup, in as many weeks, Saturday at TCU.
True freshman Sean Foster (6-8, 290) is listed as Philbert’s backup on the depth chart, but Iowa State has used right guard Nick Fett at left tackle on occasion during the first two weeks. Redshirt freshman Bryce Meeker will likely make his second-career start — he started at guard against Northern Iowa while fellow redshirt freshman Julian Good-Jones served a one-game suspension.
After two weeks, Iowa State’s five offensive linemen have combined for 13 starts, including seven from center Brian Bobek. The loss of Philbert will put more pressure on the inexperienced offensive line that has helped produce just 88.5 rushing yards per game in the first two weeks.
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