Knipfel earns starting spot for Iowa-Iowa State week

Hampton-Dumont graduates Josh Knipfel, left, and Kendrick Suntken, right, pose after the Iowa State-UNI football game on Saturday, Sept. 2. Knipfel wasn’t the listed starter at offensive right guard against the Panthers, but after his performance last week he has earned the nod for this week’s Iowa-Iowa State game. Suntken is second string linebacker behind pre-season All-American Jared Farley. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

AMES -- Iowa State sophomore Josh Knipfel may not have been the listed starter for Saturday's Iowa State-UNI game, but he played most of it, offensively and some special teams.

He is listed as this week's starter at offensive right guard after Oge Udeogu was injured and he got the initial start.

Iowa State coach Matt Campbell has been positively effusive about Knipfel.

"I thought Josh did a really nice job and was really consistent through the game," Campbell said. "He's a big, strong, physical guy."

On the other side of the field, Kendrick Suntken is the back-up at linebacker behind pre-season All-American Jared Farley and has been battling some injuries of late.

The two met briefly after the game was over Saturday for a quick greeting.