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AMES — The Iowa State offensive line was headed for its season opener as an inexperienced group.
That was before it lost its one true veteran.
Offensive tackle Jake Campos suffered a lower leg injury in practice Sunday, Coach Matt Campbell announced Monday.
In his statement Campbell said the redshirt junior is out indefinitely and there is no timetable on his return, but word is the injury could end Campos’ season before it begins. The 6-foot-8, 305-pound right tackle also missed spring practice while recovering from offseason hip surgery.
Campos has started 23 of 24 games since he was a redshirt freshman and the last 20 at left tackle. He was one of five players for the Cyclones to start all 12 games last season. Campos’ 23-straight starts is the longest active streak on the team and designated him as the most experienced offensive starter.
In Campos’ absence, the current makeup of the offensive line will have just one combined start (left guard Nick Fett). Redshirt junior Shawn Curtis is listed as Campos’ backup at right tackle.
Iowa State opens its season at home against Northern Iowa on Sept. 3.
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