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Iowa State starting quarterback Jacob Park called redshirt junior WR Matthew Eaton a "freak."

Ranked as ESPN's No. 33 JUCO transfer of the past cycle, the 6-foot-4 Eaton, a former Temple Owl, has opened eyes in his brief time in Ames. "He's got some dynamic ability to him that when he moves on the field, you take notice," WR coach Bryan Gasser said. "He has a really good attack off the line and a really good attack in his routes. I think he's going to be a guy that's going to be fun to watch these next couple years." Iowa State has a legitimately scary receiving duo in Eaton and Allen Lazard, both of whom are 6-foot-4 or taller.
Jun 15 - 1:09 PM

Iowa State 2019 verbal QB commit Dwan Mathis came away with position MVP honors at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Columbus.

Needless to say, pundits did not see this one coming. Rivals analyst Woody Wommack writes that Mathis "came out of nowhere to win MVP honors at the Columbus stop of the series, flashing an impressive arm and also showing impressive athleticism during agility drills." But wait, there's more. Not only did the 6-foot-4, 185-pounder excel at his natural position, Wommack passes along that he additionally took part in wide receiver drills, where he was "also very impressive."
Source: Rivals
Jun 1 - 9:29 PM

ESPN's Mitch Sherman writes that Iowa State is "expect[ing] big things" from sophomore TE Chase Allen.

Allen was infamously hit by a car last July. The accident necessitated 103 stitches. He also came down with a case of meningitis in September. Ultimately, the 6-foot-7, 220-pounder did not appear in a game during the 2016 season as he recovered from his ailments. "I just want to be in a position where I can make a lot of things go right for our offense. I want to get out and finally show people what I can do," Allen said earlier this offseason. He is in a prime position for targets during the coming season -- Iowa State tight ends logged just seven catches (and no touchdowns) last season. ESPN's Sherman notes that Allen "has a skill set similar to those of other tight ends [HC Matt] Campbell and [TE coach Alex] Golesh recruited to Toledo, including Michael Roberts."
Source: ESPN.com
May 30 - 6:26 PM

Iowa State HC Matt Campbell said that redshirt senior T Jake Campos (leg) is "good to go."

Campus missed the entirety of the 2016 season after breaking his leg last August. Due to some mobility that might have been lost with the leg break, the Cyclones are shifting the 6-foot-7, 260-pounder from left tackle to right tackle. Said Campbell, ""I want him to feel comfortable, and feel at home; not that he doesn’t feel at home on the left side, but I think he’s really settled in on the right side and looks really comfortable."
May 26 - 8:58 PM

Iowa State WR coach Bryan Gasser called sophomore WR Deshaunte Jones is "just a kid [who] goes, goes, goes."

"He’s still raw on some things and certainly produced last fall, but he’s a guy that takes coaching really well," Gasser said. Playing as a true freshman last season, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Jones logged a 37-536-6 receiving line. Star senior WR Allen Lazard is among his biggest fans, saying, "Seeing what he finished as at the end of last year to now is that he’s still growing and he still has a lot of room to grow, which is great for him because he has a lot of potential left." Jones initially joined Iowa State as a quarterback before transitioning over to receiver.
Source: The Gazette
May 23 - 5:38 PM

Iowa State RB coach Lou Ayeni referred to sophomore RB David Montgomery as a "match-up nightmare."

"He’s a match-up nightmare because can run routes like a receiver, he can catch the ball like a receiver," Ayeni said. Montgomery started the season backing up Mike Warren, but saw significant carries down the stretch after Warren struggled for consistency. The 5-foot-11, 222-pounder posted rushing efforts of 169 yards (against Kansas) and 141 yards (against West Virginia) in his final three games, wrapping up the campaign having rushed for 563 yards (5.2 YPC) and two touchdowns. Montgomery sits atop the depth chart as matters currently stand. He, Warren and Kene Nwangwu make for a nice little rotation for the rebuilding Cyclones.
May 23 - 4:27 PM

Iowa State redshirt sophomore QB Jacob Park said of his development this spring, "It’ll be night and day from last season to this season."

"We have seen him progress. You’re seeing the accuracy improve. He understands defenses. I’ve been impressed with the growth and development of his habits," said OC Tom Manning, calling the 6-foot-4, 202-pound Park "a quarterback with an offensive lineman mentality — you have to slow him down a little bit." In five starts last season after taking over for Joel Lanning (who has since moved over to linebacker), Park threw for 1,322 yards with an 8/3 TD/INT ratio. "When he’s locked in," Manning said, "he’s really, really good."
May 13 - 3:15 PM

Georgia redshirt senior CB Reggie Wilkerson transferred to Iowa State as a graduate.

While Wilkerson was a four-star recruit for the 2013 cycle and ultimately appeared in 20 games with the Bulldogs, he never saw a start at Georgia and finished up his career having recorded a modest 17 tackles and an interception. A major knee injury suffered during the summer of 2013 set him back from the start. He could potentially carve out a starting role -- or at least a significant role -- in August camp with the rebuilding Cyclones.
May 6 - 1:11 PM

The Texans invited Iowa State CB Jomal Wiltz to their local prospect workout on Saturday.

The 5-foot-10, 174-pounder had a solid college career -- he was an honorable-mention All-Big 12 selection last season after posting two interceptions and 11 breakups -- but is an NFL longshot due to his lithe frame. He does have NFL speed, to be fair, and was a member of the Cyclones' track and field team.
Apr 6 - 4:19 PM

Iowa State sophomore QB Zeb Noland (knee) said that he has been limited this spring.

Noland suffered a torn ACL during August camp a year ago. He missed the season due to that severe injury. Still not past it, though, as he continues to walk with a bit of a limp and has thus been unable to participate in spring work in full. Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register passes along that the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder hopes to be back to full health by the end of spring work. Noland would have a shot at serving as Jacob Park's backup this coming season, assuming his knee allows it.
Mar 23 - 4:25 PM

Iowa State redshirt senior QB Joel Lanning is transitioning to linebacker this spring.

Not only is Lanning making the shift to linebacker, it looks like he is line to start there during the coming season. Said LB coach Tyson Veidt, "He’s the No. 1 mike linebacker for us right now. [He's] doing a great job there running with the ones. It’s certainly his job to lose." The 6-foot-2, 232-pounder started 12 games at quarterback over the last two seasons. This past season, he threw for 1,290 yards with a 9/3 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 518 yards and an additional 11 scores. With Lanning on the move to the defensive side, redshirt junior Jacob Park will likely start at quarterback for Iowa State during the coming campaign.
Mar 21 - 4:12 PM

Georgia redshirt senior CB Reggie Wilkerson will transfer as a graduate.

Wilkerson, who played in five games in 2016, will be eligible wherever he transfer for his final season of eligibility.
Source: ESPN
Mar 14 - 3:04 PM

Iowa State hired former Kansas State QB Jake Waters as an offensive graduate assistant.

Waters is an Iowa native who started the 2013 and 2014 seasons at quarterback for the Wildcats, going 17-9. He tried to give it a go the past few years as a signal-caller in the NFL and CFL, but will now move into the coaching ranks.
Mar 13 - 4:07 PM

Iowa State indefinitely suspended redshirt sophomore CB Mike Johnson following his arrest on assault charges Thursday.

Johnson was arrested on Thursday and charged with domestic assault strangulation with injury. According to the filed complaint, the unfortunate incident had innocuous beginnings, as Johnson allegedly was arguing with his girlfriend regarding social media posts and the music being played on the pairs' cell phones. Matters escalated when each party attempted to grab the others' phone. Johnson's girlfriend told the Iowa State police that Johnson then put both hands around her neck. Johnson said that she was attempting to damage both his laptop and phone, leading to the physical confrontation. In a statement, Cyclones HC Matt Campbell said that the 5-foot-11, 182-pounder has been indefinitely suspended from all team activities (including practice) until more information is available. Johnson was a key piece in the Iowa State secondary last season, logging 44 tackles.
Feb 23 - 7:31 PM

Iowa State sophomore RB Kene Nwangwu (Achilles) will be held out of spring practice.

Cyclones HC Matt Campbell indicated that Nwangwu's injury is one that was suffered recently. In a text to the Des Moines Register, he said that he "hopes" that the 6-foot-1, 188-pound sophomore will be ready for August camp. His recovery timetable and availability for August figures to clarify over the coming months. This past season, Nwangwu was named a First-Team Freshman All-American kick-returner by Pro Football Focus. He averaged 26.35 yards on his 34 kicks returned in 2016. That mark was good for 15th best in the country.
Feb 21 - 5:05 PM


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