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Starting Iowa State tackle Jacob Gannon leaves team

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North Dakota State safety Christian Dudzik, left, is tackled by Iowa State offensive linesman Jacob Gannon after intercepting a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The hits keep coming for Iowa State.

A few days after coach Paul Rhoads announced that leading receiver Quenton Bundrage tore his ACL and will miss the season in a Week 1 loss to FCS North Dakota State, the program announced Thursday that starting offensive tackle Jacob Gannon has left the team.

The school did not give a reason for Gannon’s decision to leave, but former ISU lineman Zack Spears tweeted that Gannon got “burnt out.” Gannon started in the North Dakota State game at right tackle and Bobby La Gesse of the Ames Tribune is reporting that no one in the program “saw this coming.”

The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Gannon, a senior, started eight games for the Cyclones in 2013 and earned first team academic All-Big 12 honors. He previously earned two starts in 2012 and 2011 respectively after redshirting his first year on campus.

He was rated as a 2-star recruit in the 2010 class by

Redshirt freshman Jake Campos will likely fill in at right tackle in Gannon’s absence when the Cyclones play Kansas State this weekend.

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