Larson begins final year at ISU on 2-deep roster at guard

Humboldt's Bryan Larson is battling for playing time in the offensive line for the Iowa State football team as he enters his fifth and final year with the Cyclones. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt’s Bryan Larson stood at midfield inside the Bergstrom indoor practice field on the Iowa State University campus in Ames on Aug. 3 and soaked in the atmosphere.
It was media day for the Cyclone football team and Larson looked every bit like a confident, fifth-year senior.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Larson enters his final year with the Cyclones after having earned a scholarship prior to the start of the spring semester last January. Not only is he on scholarship, he’s listed on the two-deep depth chart for the Cyclones, listed as No. 2 at left guard behind senior Robby Garcia.
Not bad for a young guy who earned a spot on the team as a regular walk-on on the first day of school in 2013 and paid his dues. If the 2017 season unfolds like Larson is hoping, he could become one of many hard-working success stories for the Cyclones, who look to improve from last year’s 3-9 record.
“The day before the spring semester began coach Matt Campbell called me into his office and put me and a few other walk-ons on scholarship,” Larson said.
“It was a tremendous accomplishment for me, even more than what the scholarship meant financially,” Larson said. “It has been a goal I’ve been working toward my entire time as a Cyclone. I feel it validates all the hard work I’ve put in over the years.”

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