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Iowa State redshirt junior QB Jacob Park will transfer from the Cyclones.

In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Park announced that he asked for his release from the school so that he can transfer. The redshirt junior started the year as the Iowa State starting signal-caller, but some personal struggles along with a failed drug test caused him to take a leave of absence from the Club. The paper also says that Cyclones coach Matt Campbell will honor his request. Assuming he doesn't go to the FCS level, Park will have to sit out one year before being eligible to play at the FBS level. With Park gone, Zeb Noland becomes the favorite to win the quarterback job in 2018.
Dec 11 - 11:00 PM

Iowa State sophomore RB David Montgomery was named to the 2017 PFF All-American team.

Montgomery had a rating 93.3, and is joined at running back with USC junior Ronald Jones II. While the sophomore tailback didn't have elite numbers (1,095 yards, 11 touchdowns, 4.7 yards per carry), it was Montgomery's ability to make tacklers miss that earned him the top spot. In fact, he broke the PFF record with 102 tacklers that missed. Montgomery should have a much higher carry total next year, and could be a Doak Walker candidate in 2018.
Dec 7 - 10:18 PM

Iowa State redshirt senior LB Joel Lanning accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

One of this season's best stories in college football is about to embark on his pre-draft process. Through 12 games, Lanning has 110 total tackles, 10 TFL, five sacks, one interceptions, two passes defended and a fumble recovery. He also filled in at Wildcat quarterback when needed and had 115 rushing yards and a passing touchdown in that capacity. The converted quarterback is going to ace the interview process. His evaluation is heavily dependent on his testing numbers.
Dec 1 - 2:33 PM

Iowa State HC Matt Campbell was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year.

The good times just keep rolling for Campbell, who just signed a new six-year, $22.5 million deal with Iowa State earlier this week. His squad worked out to a 7-5 record (5-4 in conference), with huge upsets of Oklahoma and TCU serving as high points along the way. The Cyclones finished just 3-9 in Campbell's initial foray with the program in 2016 before he brought the program into the national conversation this year.
Nov 30 - 6:37 PM

Iowa State sophomore RB David Montgomery is "good to go" for the school's bowl game.

Montgomery is dealing with an ankle injury that limited him to just four carries against Kansas State. The initial injury occurred against Baylor, and Montgomery was actually carted off the field. He is one of the nation's best ball carriers.
Nov 28 - 11:10 AM

Iowa State HC Matt Campbell has agreed to a new six-year, $22.5 million contract to stay with the Cyclones.

Campbell, 37, gets a raise from $2.1 million annually to $3.5 million. Athletic director Jamie Pollard also announced in a tweet that the football staff's annual compensation would be increased $1 million annually. Campbell helped Iowa State upset Oklahoma and TCU, and he Football Scoop had reported that he was strongly being considered for the open Nebraska job.
Nov 27 - 7:12 PM

Iowa State senior WR Allen Lazard caught six passes for 95 yards in Saturday's 20-19 loss to Kansas State.

Lazard's final Big 12 game was like so many others, with a handful of catches and supreme move-the-chains efficiency. Unfortunately, it ended in heartbreaking fashion, as KSU scored a touchdown on the final play of the game to steal a one-point victory. The Cyclones limp into bowl season having lost three of four.
Nov 25 - 7:21 PM

Football Scoop is reporting that Iowa State HC Matt Campbell is a strong candidate for the open Nebraska job.

Campbell has turned the Cyclones from laughing stock of the Big 12 into a team that no one wanted to play, so it's no surprise that he's getting consideration by some of the bigger jobs. The issue with him being a candidate for any job right now is that he has one of the higher public buyouts at $9.4 million dollars. Nebraska could easily afford this -- most Power Five schools can -- but it's certainly something teams will consider. Football Scoop also reports that Nebraska is considering UCF's Scott Frost, and Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente.
Nov 25 - 4:02 PM

Iowa State sophomore RB David Montgomery (ankle) is warming up in advance of Saturday's game against Kansas State.

Montgomery injured his ankle in last weekend's win over Baylor. While he had to be carted off the field at the time, the 5-foot-11, 222-pounder has bounced back nicely over the course of the practice week and is expected to start on Saturday unless there's a late setback.
Nov 25 - 3:00 PM

Iowa State senior QB Kyle Kempt (shoulder) is warming up in advance of Saturday's game against Kansas State.

Kempt sat out last weekend's win over Baylor while nursing an injury to his throwing shoulder. Barring a setback in warmups, he looks like he's tracking toward returning to starting action against the Wildcats on Saturday. If he ultimately can't play in the contest, Zeb Noland would draw his second consecutive start.
Nov 25 - 2:57 PM

Iowa State junior CB Brian Peavy was arrested on Thursday on one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Despite the arrest, Peavy will still play on Saturday against Kansas State in the Cyclones season finale. The report stays that police discovered Peavy and another male spray-painting underneath a bridge near a park. He and the other male ran when approached by police. Peavy was caught while the other male escaped. The 5-foot-9 corner leads the Cyclones in pass breakups (seven) and is tied for second in interceptions with two.
Nov 24 - 5:03 PM

Iowa State HC Matt Campbell says he doesn't yet know who will start at quarterback for Saturday's game against Kansas State.

"Situational right now and a lot of it has to do with health," Campbell said. Zeb Noland drew his first career start at Baylor filling in for Kyle Kempt last week. Noland threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Kempt, meanwhile, continues to deal with an injury to his throwing shoulder. Presumably, Kempt will get the call if he proves he's healthy enough to answer the bell.
Nov 21 - 5:00 PM

Iowa State HC Matt Campbell says sophomore RB David Montgomery (ankle) will be "ready to roll" for Saturday's game against Kansas State.

Montgomery (5'11/222) suffered the injury in last Saturday's 23-13 win at Baylor. He had to be carted off the field. Fortunately, it was nothing serious. Montgomery has 1,080 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.
Nov 21 - 3:15 PM

Iowa State senior WR Allen Lazard accepted an invitation to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-5, 222-pounder came to Iowa State as a rare top-100 overall recruit, and he'll leave Ames as the best receiver in school history. Lazard owns school records for career receptions (225), career receiving yards (3,123) and career 100-yard receiving games (11). He's second all-time in career touchdown receptions (25). Lazard is a classic possession receiver. He won't blow spectators away at the combine with his speed or overall athleticism, but he's smart, tough, physical and wins in contested situations. In the right situation, he could be a draft day steal. We've heard early Day 3 grades on Lazard, but we think he could work his way into the back-end of Day 2 with a decent pre-draft process.
Nov 20 - 5:29 PM

Iowa State sophomore RB David Montgomery rushed for 144 yards on 27 carries in Saturday's 23-13 win against Baylor.

Montgomery (5'11/222) has rushed for over 100 yards in three straight games and four out of five. With Saturday's showing, he bagged his first ever 1,000-yard rushing season. Montgomery has also shown to be an ace receiver out of the backfield, hauling in 34 catches for nearly 300 yards.
Nov 18 - 6:16 PM


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