Two Iowa State football players and a...

Two Iowa State football players and a former player have been charged with forging stolen checks to purchase merchandise in Ames, Iowa.

Starting defensive back Terrance Anthony was arrested on a charge of second-degee false use of a financial instrument. Matt Boles, a reserve defensive end, was charged with two first-degree counts. Former Cyclone player Don Poprilo was charged with one first-degree count.

School officials said that despite the charges, Anthony will start in Saturday’s season opener against Iowa at Iowa City. Boles, a walk-on, is not a member of the Cyclone traveling squad.

The three are accused of forging names on personal checks stolen in the Ames area, police said. The checks were passed to several Ames merchants.