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Iowa State HC Matt Campbell said of senior WR Allen Lazard, "When you watch him at his best he’s really special."

"He’s got the ability to make all the catches. He’s got the ability to be that guy on third down to make the first down. He’s also the guy who can make the most explosive play on the field," Campbell said. Lazard (6'5/223) could have jumped for the NFL in January, but instead decided to return to battle it out with his Cyclone brothers for one final year. He logged a 69-1018-7 receiving line in 2016. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks Lazard as the No. 29 fantasy wide receiver in college football.
Source: Tulsa World
Jul 18 - 10:32 PM

Iowa State HC Matt Campbell said of redshirt senior LB Joel Lanning's spring work, "I was probably taken back a little bit about just as much growth as he was able to make from practice one through 15."

Campbell's initial tempered expectations this spring are understandable enough given that Lanning is making the transition over from quarterback to linebacker this offseason. Said Campbell, "I do think, playing where he played, he really has an understanding about playing at that depth of where he played on the offensive side, but now it’s just a different mindset and a different mentality." He also said that Lanning's duck-to-water shift has "really been fun to watch." Lanning had started 12 games in two seasons as Cyclones signal-caller prior to his move to the other side. Jacob Park -- who showed promise last season -- is the expected starter at quarterback with Lanning out of the picture.
Jul 18 - 4:55 PM

Iowa State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 QB Re-Al Mitchell.

Mitchell (6'0/181) has interesting enough bloodlines -- his mother competed on American Gladiator and his father is a master gunnery sergeant in the Marines. Rivals ranks him as the No. 28 dual-threat quarterback prospect in the 2018 cycle, with outlet analyst Adam Gorney calling him "a dynamic running quarterback with tremendous speed who can also deliver menacing hits to linebackers and defensive backs trying to slow him down."
Source: Rivals
Jul 16 - 2:12 PM

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


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