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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

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

Iowa State DL Jhaustin Thomas is one of Tony Pauline's favorite late-round/UDFA sleepers along the defensive line.

"He’s a tall, athletic prospect who measures over 6-foot-5, 285 pounds and plays fast, explosive football," Pauline wrote. "Thomas comes out of a three-point stance or stands over tackle and is equally effective at both. He’s a disruptive force with a good amount of upside and a player with exciting potential." Thomas was a Second-Team All-Big 12 selection last season, leading the Cyclones in TFL (9.5) and QB hurries (6).
Feb 21 - 12:45 PM

Iowa State signed three-star JUCO DE Matthew Leo.

The Cyclones were successfully able to flip this Australian product from Arizona. "Leo passes the eyeball test and has a lot of physical tools to develop," ESPN opined in a scouting report. "He is still a bit raw but has a very high upside." The 6-foot-7, 260-pounder is blessed with an ideal frame. Leo is the No. 43 overall JUCO recruit according to ESPN, and the No. 51 JUCO import according to the 247Sports composite.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 6 - 5:18 PM

Iowa State signed four-star JUCO redshirt junior WR Matthew Eaton.

The 6-foot-4 Eaton, the No. 33 overall player on the ESPN JC 50, originally signed with Temple in 2014. As a true frosh, he received a medical hardship after appearing in four games before spraining his ACL. Eaton then played in three games for the Owls in 2015 before transferring to the JUCO level. Eaton would no doubt like to play alongside Allen Lazard this fall. "I’m not really focused on coming in to replace anybody. They have told me from Day 1 to come in and work," Eaton said. "Nothing is going to be actually given to me or anything like that, so I’m just ready and hungry to come in and do whatever I can for the team." He has two seasons of eligibility left. "Eaton has the tools necessary to contribute right away and potentially impact a team early on. He's a bit of a bull in a china shop and must play with more route discipline, but he is talented," ESPN noted in a scouting report.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 3 - 4:02 PM

Iowa State signed three-star 2017 WR Tarique Milton.

Milton had also received offers from programs such as Bowling Green, Louisville and Michigan State. At 5-foot-11, 156 pounds, adding weight will be critical for the three-star prospect. Unless he makes his mark in August camp, he could well be in for a redshirt for the coming season.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 1 - 2:07 PM

Iowa State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 CB O.J. Tucker.

Tucker had been toying around with possibly joining Georgia Tech -- he was committed to them earlier in the cycle -- but will instead try to carve out his collegiate legend in Ames, Iowa. Scout.com is keen on the 6-foot, 190-pounder's frame as it currently stands and notes that Tucker "possesses that quick-twitch that allows him to immediately flip his hips and run with receivers downfield." The outlet ranks him as this class' No. 11 cornerback prospect in the state of Florida.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 16 - 6:19 PM

Former Michigan graduate OL David Dawson transferred to Iowa State.

Dawson is on the move to find playing time in his last season of eligibility. He appeared in only 12 career games at Michigan. Iowa State lost four starters along what was a poor 2016 offensive line, so Dawson will have every opportunity to earn a starting gig this summer. The 6-foot-4, 325-pounder is a former touted four-star recruit.
Source: MLive
Jan 16 - 12:54 PM

Iowa State HC Matt Campbell said that redshirt sophomore RB Mike Warren will not require offseason ankle surgery.

Warren initially injured his ankle against Kansas State on October 29. He subsequently missed a November 3 showdown with Oklahoma before suiting up and playing in Iowa State's final three games. While he did play against Kansas, Texas Tech and West Virginia to close out the campaign, the 6-foot, 200-pound redshirt sophomore saw only a combined 10 carries in that space. He wrapped the 2016 season having rushed for 559 yards (4.2 YPC) and three touchdowns, a disappointing output after he turned in 1,339 yards (5.9 YPC) and five touchdowns in 2015.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 04:24:00 PM

Iowa State junior WR Allen Lazard announced he will return to school for the 2017 season.

Lazard stands tall at 6-foot-5 and 223-pounds and posted his best collegiate season in 2016 with 69 catches for 1,018 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Lazard points to his love of Iowa State and wanting to be a Cyclone while growing up. He will remain Iowa State's top pass catcher next season, when he enters the season at 21-years-old.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 10:20:00 AM

Iowa State true freshman RB David Montgomery ran for 141 yards on 21 carries in Saturday's loss to West Virginia.

He chipped in four catches for 45 yards. It's too bad the season is over, because Montgomery was really coming on, rushing for 140 yards or more in two of his last three games after not getting 10 carries in any game until November. A three-star recruit in this past cycle by Scout and ESPN, Montgomery was listed by Scout as the 67th-best running back nationally. Former starter Mike Warren found himself deep in HC Matt Campbell’s doghouse this year, opening the door for Montgomery. We'll see if he retains the job next summer. Montgomery finished the year with 563 rushing yards and two touchdowns as well as 13 catches for 129 yards.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 12:27:00 PM


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