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It’s still the off-season, so team attrition continues to be tested. This time the news is out of Ames, and to make matters worse, it’s at a position they’re already short on depth. It’s being reported that running back Martinez Syria has been dismissed from the Cyclones for, you guessed it, an unspecified violation of team rules.

Syria joined the Cyclones as part of the 2014 class as a three-star back out of Houston, TX. He played in five games last season as a freshman, and amassed 47 yards on 20 carries with one touchdown. His impact would have been greater, however a concussion suffered against Texas midway through the season kept him out for six weeks.

A neck injury sidelined Syria for spring practice, but he was expected to provide valuable experience to a position sorely lacking it. The Cyclones had already lost their top two backs from last season, and the loss of Syria leaves Tyler Brown as the only back on the roster with game minutes. Not good for a team that ranked 9th in the Big 12 last season in rushing last season.

The Cyclones will get some help though. After shooting himself in the hand last month, incoming freshman Sheldon Cooper is expected to make a full recovery and be available for the fall . …It hasn’t been the best off-season for Iowa State running backs.


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