Jon Banks is being moved from starting free safety to Adam Carper’s backup at strongside linebacker. Redshirt freshman Steve Johnson is the new starter at free safety. Make that little-used redshirt freshman Steve Johnson.
As for Johnson, he’s pretty much an unknown. He has yet to make a tackle (Banks is third on the team in tackles). According to ISU’s participation charts, Johnson hasn’t played since the opener against Toledo. Teammates say Johnson will be just fine, but that’s what you’d expect them to say.