Disappointing doesn’t even begin to describe the 2022 season for Iowa State football. Matt Campbell and Co. were hoping to contend in the Big 12, but the Cyclones did anything but that, finishing just 4-8 overall with just one win in conference play.
The void Brock Purdy left at the quarterback position was definitely felt as the Cyclones reverted back to the pre-Campbell days with the 4-8 finish.
If Iowa State is going to get back on track and in contention in 2023, it’ll need some players from the 2022 recruiting class to step up and become stars.
Who will do just that?
Jirehl Brock has had some bad injury luck throughout his career and if he’s back and healthy in 2023, he’ll probably be the starter. He had 445 yards rushing and three touchdowns to go along with 113 receiving yards and another score on 21 catches in 2022.
But Cartevious Norton could have an impact on the run game after a disappointing season for Iowa State in that regard.
Norton finished second on the team in rushing in his first season in Ames, finishing with 312 yards and two touchdowns on 3.6 yards per carry. He didn’t have a great year but he’s capable of much more and we’ll see that in 2023.