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Iowa State redshirt junior QB Jacob Park has been removed for the Cyclones' depth chart, but remains with the team.

Park took a personal leave of absence from the team after their game against Texas on October 6. Until the junior quarterback feels ready to return to the team, the Cyclones will roll with Kyle Kempt under the center, with do-everything linebacker Joel Lanning getting a chance on short-yardage situations.
Oct 16 - 7:31 PM

Iowa State redshirt senior LB Joel Lanning "absolutely will" have an opportunity to play in the NFL at linebacker, according to an NFL scout.

"You'll have a year of game tape, he'll have individual workouts and he'll nail the interview," he said. "Someone will take him, and he will play in this league." Lanning spent four years at quarterback before transitioning to middle linebacker this year. He's unexpectedly starred at that position, while also moonlighting as a sub-package quarterback. "These are the type of players you want on a roster, those glue guys," another NFL scout said. "He knows what he's doing out there, and he can play [middle linebacker]. He absolutely can. But he also has that charismatic intangible of working because he wants to work and be better—not because he has to. With some players these days, that's about as rare as it gets."
Oct 16 - 3:50 PM

Iowa State senior QB Kyle Kempt completed 13-of-20 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 45-0 shutout win over Kansas.

The Cyclones have really taken off since redshirt junior QB Jacob Park left the team due to "personal health issues." Kempt engineered last week's stunning upset of Oklahoma, and today he played steady caretaker as Kansas repeatedly and enthusiastically shot itself in the foot. The 4-2 Cyclones are only two wins away from bowl eligibility. Next week, an entertaining showdown with Texas Tech is scheduled.
Oct 14 - 4:11 PM

Iowa State sophomore RB David Montgomery rushed for 68 yards and three touchdowns on 21 in Saturday's 45-0 win over Kansas.

That's only 3.2 YPC, but to be fair to Montgomery, the field conditions were sloppy after the game was delayed due to inclement conditions in Ames. Montgomery is up to 478 yards and eight touchdowns through six games.
Oct 14 - 4:07 PM

Saturday's Iowa State-Kansas game has been delayed at least 30 minutes due to weather.

ISU is hoping the game can kick at 11:30 AM CT.
Oct 14 - 12:13 PM

Iowa sophomore RB David Montgomery has caused more missed tackles this season than any player, according to Pro Football Focus.

Montgomery (5'11/219) has already forced a whopping 48 missed tackles as both a runner and receiver. That elusiveness was on full display against Oklahoma, where he rushed for 55 yards and caught seven passes for 89 yards in the upset victory on Saturday. His ability to make players miss as well as catch the ball out of the backfield will make him a highly-scouted player in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Oct 9 - 8:30 PM

Iowa State redshirt senior LB Joel Lanning was named the Big 12's defensive player of the week for his performance in Saturday's 38-31 upset victory over Oklahoma.

But he did so much more than star on defense. Against the Sooners, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Lanning played 78 snaps, including 57 on defense, 13 on offense and eight on special teams. The former quarterback had 25 yards passing, 35 yards rushing, eight tackles, a sack and a huge fumble recovery. That recovery prevented an Oklahoma scoring opportunity and spurred the Cyclones' second-half comeback. Lanning was pulling double-duty because ISU was without starting QB Jacob Park. "What he’s doing is unheard of," HC Matt Campbell said. "The Cyclone Nation will remember Joel Lanning for a long, long time."
Source: ESPN
Oct 9 - 5:22 PM

Iowa State will start senior QB Kyle Kempt Saturday's game against Kansas.

HC Matt Campbell said redshirt junior QB Jacob Park is still not active, so the Cyclones will hand the offense back to Kempt one week after he led ISU to one of this season's biggest upsets (18-of-24 for 343 yards and three touchdowns in the 38-31 win over Oklahoma). Park and Kempt had been listed as co-starters on a depth chart released early Monday, but it seems that designation was clerical in nature. Park should re-enter the QB picture if he's able to return from the "personal medical concerns" that caused him to take a leave of absence in advance of Saturday's game against the Sooners.
Oct 9 - 4:35 PM

Iowa State lists redshirt junior QB Jacob Park and senior QB Kyle Kempt as co-starters for Saturday's game against Kansas.

The infamous "or" designation separated the two on the depth chart released Monday. With Park out on Saturday due to "personal medical concerns", Kempt completed 18-of-24 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Cyclones to a shocking 38-31 upset of Oklahoma. Whether that was enough for Kempt to hang onto the job remains to be seen. Expect clarification from HC Matt Campbell later this week.
Oct 9 - 2:40 PM

Iowa State sophomore RB David Montgomery rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries while catching seven passes for 89 yards in Saturday's 38-31 win over Oklahoma.

Montgomery received a paltry nine carries in a loss to Texas a week ago Thursday, but the Cyclones rectified his lack of touches and then some against the Sooners. The dynamic back notched a short scoring run in the second quarter to help Iowa State begin to rally from an early 17-3 deficit. This was Montgomery's most active game as a receiver in five contests this season. So long as Iowa State actually feeds him the ball, he's a good bet to put up nice numbers week-in and week-out.
Oct 7 - 3:59 PM

Iowa State senior QB Kyle Kempt completed 18-of-24 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 38-31 upset of Oklahoma.

Well that was something. Kempt -- who initially joined the Cyclones as a walk-on -- had just two pass attempts to his fair name entering action on Saturday, but with starter Jacob Park staying back in Ames due to personal health issues, he was called upon to lead the Cyclones in a road date with the No. 3 team in the country. No sweat. Kempt threw all three of his touchdown passes in the second half of Saturday's contest, including the 25-yard go-ahead score to Allen Lazard with just over two minutes remaining in the contest. Oklahoma would be unable to mount a final scoring drive as Iowa State came away with the huge 38-31 victory. Kempt should continue to see starting work so long as Park is out of the picture.
Oct 7 - 3:49 PM

Iowa State redshirt freshman QB Zeb Noland will not start against Oklahoma on Saturday.

With Jacob Park out, the Cyclones will roll with senior Kyle Kempt under center. Look for Noland to enter if Kempt struggles.
Source: ESPN
Oct 7 - 11:51 AM

Iowa State senior QB Kyle Kempt will start Saturday against Oklahoma.

Starter Jacob Park did not make the trip to Norman. After a few days of rampant speculation, HC Matt Campbell announced that Park was dealing with unspecified "personal health issues." Kempt has only thrown two passes over his entire collegiate career. This is the definition of being thrown to the wolves.
Source: ESPN
Oct 7 - 11:33 AM

Iowa State redshirt junior QB Jacob Park is taking a leave of absence from the football team due to what are being termed "personal medical concerns."

Park did not travel with the Cyclones to Norman for this weekend's game against Oklahoma. This leave of absence may stretch beyond just Saturday's showdown with the Sooners. In a statement, HC Matt Campbell said, "We are committed to helping him cope, supporting him on all levels and helping him prepare to get back on the playing field with his teammates as soon as possible." Zeb Noland or Kyle Kempt will start on Saturday, with Noland the likely first man up to attempt to fill Park's shoes.
Oct 6 - 10:23 PM

Iowa State OC Tom Manning indicated that the team will try to get sophomore RB David Montgomery more involved in Saturday's game against Oklahoma.

We would hope so. Montgomery was given just nine carries in last Thursday's loss to Texas. Said Manning of the sophomore's non-existent work load in that defeat, "That's certainly, going forward, something we have to do a better job of. We’ve got to make sure we’re getting our best players the football." With starting QB Jacob Park not traveling with the team for unknown reasons, Montgomery -- who has rushed for 356 yards (5.5 YPC) and four touchdowns in four games -- should receive plenty of work on Saturday as Iowa State attempts to guide redshirt freshman Zeb Noland through his first career start.
Oct 6 - 9:02 PM


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