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Iowa State WR Allen Lazard ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Lazard (6'5/225) has plenty of size, but there was some question about his foot speed. One of the constant refrains from the Senior Bowl was that the Iowa State standout consistently struggled to gain separation. We wouldn't say that this 40-yard dash will eliminate those questions, but at the very least, it's not a disastrous showing. Lazard said this week that he would be willing to move to tight end if that helps him to make an NFL team.
Mar 3 - 1:25 PM

Iowa State WR Allen Lazard said that he was open to the possibility of moving to tight end if that would increase his chances of making the NFL.

Lazard checked into the combine measuring a sturdy 6-foot-5, 225 pounds. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes that his frame and physicality could see him home as a better fit at tight end than receiver. He might lack the athleticism and speed necessary to play wideout in the NFL.
Mar 2 - 5:49 PM

Draft Wire's Luke Easterling believes that Iowa State WR Allen Lazard will be a "bargain" in Day 3.

Lazard's calling-card is his size (6'5/223), and as Easterling puts it: "he makes life difficult for smaller defensive backs." He was productive in his time with the Cyclones even in lean years where quarterback play was an issue, and he snagged 10 touchdowns in his senior year. "The depth of this year’s class could push him into the middle rounds," Easterling writes, "where he’ll be a bargain for a team looking for a physical pass-catcher."
Source: Draft Wire
Feb 26 - 2:47 PM

Football Scoop reports that Iowa State will promote offensive grad assistant Jeff Myers to offensive line coach.

The Cyclones are suddenly in need of an offensive coordinator and offensive line coach with Tom Manning -- who had occupied both those posts -- reportedly heading to the Indianapolis Colts to serve as tight ends coach. At least in terms of offensive line work, Myers looks to be an immediate replacement. Things are more murky in terms of offensive coordinator. Football Scoop passes along that HC Matt Campbell will "call the offense," though whether that means the team will simply forego an offensive coordinator remains to be seen. While it's somewhat unorthodox not to have coordinators on both sides of the ball, we've seen it before in other situations. For example, Vanderbilt HC Derek Mason had essentially been serving as his own defensive coordinator up until this winter, when the program hired Jason Tarver to fill that role.
Feb 24 - 3:27 PM

The Des Moines Register's Tommy Birch reports that the Indianapolis Colts will hire Iowa State OC/OL coach Tom Manning to serve as tight ends coach.

Cyclones HC Matt Campbell has already confirmed that Manning will be off to the NFL, with Birch filling in the gap by naming his team-to-be as the Colts. Said Campbell, "A really good situation for him and I’m really, really happy and proud of him to be honest with you. I think it’s a really good opportunity for him." Good opportunity though it may be for Manning, it comes at a precious juncture for Iowa State, as the program will be booting up spring practice shortly. Expect a replacement offensive coordinator and offensive line coach to be named in the very near future.
Feb 24 - 2:27 PM

Iowa State redshirt sophomore T Sean Foster was arrested for being in a bar while underage and interfering with an official.

Foster was released from jail, and charged $600 dollars in total bonds for the two charges. He was the starting tackle for the Cyclones for the final six games of the season, including their appearance in the Liberty Bowl. There's no word at this time whether or not this will result in any type of discipline for the 6-foot-8, 304-pound tackle, but we'll obviously update if we here more on the situation.
Feb 18 - 3:52 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon ranked Iowa State HC as the top head coach under the age of 40.

Kenyon ranks Troy's Neal Brown second, and Minnesota's P.J. Fleck third. Campbell has already turned Iowa State into a potential Big 12 contender; an impressive fete especially when you consider how bad of shape the program was in before he arrived from Toledo. He turned down overtures to interview for jobs after the season, but if a big-time job opens up at the end of the year -- and it assuredly will -- Campbell will rank at or near the top of lists.
Feb 17 - 6:09 PM

Iowa State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 QB Easton Dean.

Dean is ranked the 14th best "dual" quarterback in the nation by 247 Sports, and the second best prospect out of the state of Kansas. He passed for 22 touchdowns and rushed for eight more in his junior season for Labette County HS. Iowa State was his only offer from an FBS school at this point, but scouting reports suggest that his recruitment will pick up. It sounds like the Cyclones might have a potential starter at a premium position who can beat teams with his arm and legs.
Feb 10 - 7:42 PM

Iowa State redshirt senior QB Kyle Kempt has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

A stellar beat for the Cyclones. Kempt -- originally a member of Oregon State -- earned the additional year due to the coaching circumstances in Corvallis, as the quarterback transferred to a JUCO program after Mike Riley left for Nebraska following the 2014 season. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound gunslinger would go on to walk on at Iowa State following the 2015 campaign. After replacing an absent Jacob Park midway through the most recent season, Kempt went on to post 1,787 yards passing to pair with a 15/3 TD/INT ratio. He'll again work as starter for the Cyclones during the coming campaign. In that capacity during the 2017 season, he led the team to a 5-3 record in his eight opportunities.
Feb 9 - 3:06 PM

Iowa State signed three-star 2018 JUCO redshirt sophomore S Greg Eisworth.

Eisworth (6'0/195) initially signed with Ole Miss as part of their 2016 class, but after taking a redshirt for that campaign, the former highly-regarded recruit then dropped down to the JUCO ranks with Trinity Valley Community College for the 2017 campaign. Iowa State is gaining a physical safety who could help fill an immediate need, as the team's depth significantly thinned at the position with the departures of Kamari Cotton-Moya, Reggie Wilkerson and Evrett Edwards.
Feb 9 - 12:39 PM

Iowa State redshirt senior DL Kamilo Tongamoa was arrested on four changes and indefinitely suspended.

Tongamoa (6'5/291) was arrested on four misdemeanor counts: Pperating while intoxicated, striking an unattended vehicle, failure to have a valid license or permit while operating a motor vehicle and failure to prove security against liability. He's been suspended indefinitely from all football-related activities. A former four-star recruit who joined ISU from the junior college ranks, Tongamoa played in just one game for the Cyclones in 2017.
Jan 29 - 12:57 PM

Iowa State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 WR Joseph Scates, who had previously been committed to Michigan State.

Scates committed to Michigan State in 2016, and then decommitted from the Spartans in February of 2017. The 6-foor-4, 180-pound wideout then became a bit of a mystery in terms of his recruiting process, but picks the Cyclones over Louisville, West Virginia and Alabama, among others. He ranks as the 55th best wideout by 247 Sports, and their scouting report raves about his speed and ability to jump over defensive backs. It sounds like head coach Matt Campbell is getting a good one.
Jan 28 - 6:41 PM

Iowa State WR Allen Lazard caught two passes for seven yards for the North in a 45-16 loss to the South on Saturday in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Lazard's two catches were both short-yardage hauls, and he didn't really get a chance to put his size (6'4/227) to work on Saturday. Fortunately for the former Iowa State top target, he did get a chance to impress over the week, and for the most part, analysts were pleased with his work. He does need to work on bringing in passes on a more consistent rate (a nice way to say he drops too many passes) but his possible red-zone threat skills make him an intriguing Late Day 2, early Day 3 selection come draft time.
Jan 27 - 8:04 PM

Pro Football Focus's Jordan Plocher says that Iowa State WR Allen Lazard had his best day of practice on Thursday and "really stood out" in the wide receiver group.

Lazard (6'4/227) has gotten mixed reviews from different outlets, but Plocher was impressed with what he saw from the former Cyclone star. "Lazard had a strong day in red zone drills against defensive backs displaying good hands and body control to go along with his physicality," he writes. Lazard also has apparently had some issues with drops, but because of his size and ability to control his body, teams are going to be intrigued by Lazard as a potential red-zone threat.
Jan 26 - 10:24 PM

Optimum Scouting's Eric Galko reports from the Senior Bowl that Iowa State WR Allen Lazard "remains heavy-footed and that won't get better."

"He doesn't have the burst to pop out of his breaks which may be the reason for having to grab so many contested catches this week," he wrote. Another draft writer noted that Lazard looked like he was "running in cement" while in his routes. The 6-foot-5, 222-pounder is huge, productive (owns ISU school records for career receptions, career receiving yards and career 100-yard receiving games) and sure-handed, but his lack of athleticism is going to push him down the board in the spring.
Jan 26 - 2:00 PM

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