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NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler said Iowa State junior RB David Montgomery has "an impressive blend of patience and vision."

Brugler labeled Montgomery as a player NFL teams "must check out" for the 2019 draft due to his well-balanced skill set. He continued, "What scouts enjoy the most about Montgomery's game is his toughness and knack for eluding contact. He uses forward lean between the hashes to run through arm tackles and keep his legs churning, finishing with low pads and always falling forward." Not currently viewed as a first-round prospect, Montgomery could end up there with another impressive season.
Jun 12 - 11:49 AM

Iowa State HC Matt Campbell referred to redshirt freshman OL Colin Newell as a "special young man."

Newell (6'4/282) redshirted in Ames after enrolling at the university as a three-star freshman last winter. Sounds like he might be just about ready to hit the ground running for the upcoming campaign now that he's had a year to bulk up and learn the ropes. During spring practice, he saw reps all over the line, but spent the majority of his time working at guard and center. His exact place on the depth chart won't clarify until August camp, but at the very least, he's done a fantastic job to put himself on the radar over the past few months.
May 8 - 4:31 PM

Jaguars signed Iowa State WR Allen Lazard.

Lazard (6’5/227) was a four-year starter and two-time first-team All-Big 12 pick, logging a prolific 241/3,360/26 career receiving line with 13.9 yards per catch. Cyclones QBs combined for a 104.1 passer rating when targeting Lazard in 2017. Lazard showed well in Indy with 76th-percentile SPARQ results, acceptable 4.55 speed, and a springy 38-inch vertical. Lazard’s tape shows a wideout who lacks explosive traits and lives in traffic, but knows how to use his body in both the possession and downfield games. Known for being smart and a hard worker, Lazard has some poor man’s Vincent Jackson appeal.
May 2 - 7:06 PM

During Iowa State's pro day last month, S Kamari Cotton-Moya ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds.

Cotton-Moya (6'0/202) also turned in testing marks including a 37-inch vertical jump, a 119-inch broad jump and a three-cone drill time of 7.05 seconds. All of these marks are fine, but don't particularly move the needle in terms of helping his draft stock. While he possesses an in-your-face physicality and aggressiveness, health concerns -- he sustained a ruptured Achilles in 2013 and a lingering hamstring injury in 2015 -- and past character concerns are likely to seriously hinder his chances at landing with an NFL team in the draft proper. He'll probably have to try his luck as a street free agent.
Apr 20 - 5:08 PM

Iowa State's Spring Game on Saturday was cancelled due to weather concerns and will not be rescheduled.

It's the second Big 12 Spring Game to get the boot, as West Virginia also cancelled their version of the game because of concerns of a snow storms. The weather report for Ames calls for a 70 percent chance of showers and a high of 47 degrees, so it sounds like Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell just doesn't want to take any risks in wet conditions. Considering how meaningless those games are, we can't blame him.
Apr 9 - 10:23 PM

Three-star CB Vonzell Kelley verbally committed to Iowa State.

Kelley announced his decision via social media and is another solid addition to the cyclones freshman class of 2019. He is the 74th ranked safety and the 21st best player in Missouri according to 247Sports. Kelley also received offers from Kansas and Toledo. The Cyclones now have eight commitments and are currently ranked as having the 14th-best recruiting class in the country and the second-best in the Big 12 according to 247 sports.
Apr 8 - 11:56 AM

Iowa State redshirt freshman QB Devon Moore (knee) has yet to receive full medical clearance for all football activities.

Moore (6'4/215) tore his ACL during a non-contact drill last August. While he's had a fair amount of time to rehab, he's just not ready for any real sort of workload at this juncture. The hope in Ames is that the former three-star recruit will be healthy -- or close to it -- by the summer. His absence from offseason work is unfortunate, but does not force any sort of movement on the depth chart. The team is set at quarterback for 2018 with starter Kyle Kempt and backups Zeb Noland and Re-al Mitchell. Moore will be in that backup mix once he's healthy.
Apr 2 - 7:58 PM

Iowa State senior WR Carson Epps (undisclosed) will not participate in spring practice.

Epps (6'1/211) underwent surgery to repair an undisclosed injury concern following Iowa State's loss to Kansas State to close out the 2017 regular season. He did not catch a pass for the campaign. Expect an update on his rehab progress this summer.
Mar 22 - 3:15 PM

Iowa State redshirt sophomore RB Kene Nwangwu (Achilles) will be a limited participant in spring practice.

Nwangwu (6'1/188) took a redshirt for the 2017 season while mending up from a serious Achilles injury sustained a year ago February. He's not back to full strength, yet, but still plenty of time to get there before the summer windup to the 2018 campaign. During a healthy freshman season in 2016, Nwangwu rushed for 133 yards on 27 carries. His area of impact came in the kick-return game, where he flashed to the tune of 896 yards and a touchdown on 34 returns. He ranked first in the Big 12 in return yardage as a true freshman.
Mar 22 - 2:37 PM

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.
Source: NFL.com
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


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