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Iowa State redshirt junior QB Jacob Park completed 24-of-33 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 38 yards and an additional score in Saturday's 41-14 win over Akron.

Park hooked up with Allen Lazard for a seven-yard touchdown to open the game's scoring in the first quarter. He wouldn't strike again until the second half -- the Zips hung tough early -- when he found Marchie Murdock for a 43-yard score with time winding down in the third quarter. He finished off his day's work with a 14-yard touchdown run in the final stanza. Park has now thrown for 935 yards with an 8/2 TD/INT ratio in three games. The Cyclones will be off on bye next weekend before they tango with Texas in a Thursday night contest to open conference play on September 28.
Sep 16 - 4:31 PM

Iowa State sophomore RB David Montgomery rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Saturday's 41-14 win over Akron.

A nice little win for Iowa State, who did exactly what they should have done in beating up on the hapless Zips. For his part, Montgomery punched it into the end zone with a nine-yard touchdown scamper near the end of the third quarter. The shifty sophomore has racked up 322 yards rushing and four touchdowns in three games. Montgomery has yet to blow up for a huge yardage game, but has been impressively consistent in the early going this season.
Sep 16 - 4:23 PM

Iowa State senior WR Allen Lazard required attention from the training staff after taking a big hit in the third quarter against Akron on Saturday.

Lazard was leveled on a questionable hit and was checked out by the training staff -- as well as HC Matt Campbell -- but was able to jog off the field after a few moments. If there is any lingering injury concern, here, we will pass along word.
Sep 16 - 2:48 PM

Iowa State sophomore RB David Montgomery is off to a hot start, forcing 28 missed tackles in two games.

The raw stats show success, with 194 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries along with five receptions for 53 yards in two games. What is more impressive? Nearly reaching the same number of missed tackles as last season... in just two games. Good backs pick up the yards blocked for them, great backs create on their own.
Sep 14 - 10:47 AM

Iowa State redshirt sophomore WR Hakeem Butler had five catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns in a overtime loss to Iowa on Saturday.

Butler was having another outstanding game until he dropped a wide-open pass on third-and-8 in overtime, forcing Iowa State to kick a field goal (Iowa ended up scoring a touchdown). Butler has posted a 12-203-3 line through two games.
Sep 9 - 5:40 PM

Iowa State redshirt junior QB Jacob Park went 25-for-46 for 347 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 44-41 overtime loss to Iowa.

In an early contender for Game of the Day, the Cyclones scored 21 consecutive points in the second half to turn a 21-10 deficit into a 31-21 lead. The Hawkeyes tied the game with a minute left to send it into overtime and prevailed from there. Park was outstanding against a defense that made Josh Allen look pedestrian last weekend. He has thrown for over 600 yards with a 6/1 TD/INT rate during Iowa State's 1-1 start.
Sep 9 - 4:18 PM

Iowa State sophomore RB David Montgomery (leg) will play against Iowa on Saturday.

No real surprise, here. Montgomery cramped up against Northern Iowa on Saturday and had to leave that game in the second half, but there's no real injury concern on this one. The 5-foot-11, 222-pounder rushed for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Cyclones' opener.
Sep 7 - 2:44 PM

Iowa State senior WR Allen Lazard caught eight passes for 108 yards in Saturday's 42-24 win over Northern Iowa.

While Iowa State was not at its sharpest in the win, Lazard was in his typical zone throughout. The 6-foot-5, 223-pound senior posted a 69-1018-7 receiving line last season and with expected improvements in the Cyclones' offense during the current campaign, could see upticks in all three of the numbers on that line this time around.
Sep 3 - 2:50 PM

Iowa State sophomore RB David Montgomery rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in Saturday's 42-24 win over Northern Iowa.

Montgomery (5'11/222) scored on an eight-yard run just before halftime and a three-yard rush shortly after the two teams came back out to start the third quarter. He averaged 5.9 YPC with a long-run of 17 yards in the victory. A bigger game could have been in the offing, but Montgomery cramped up in the second half and HC Matt Campbell had no reason to push his budding star sophomore given the opponent. Also, given the opponent coming up next weekend, as the Cyclones will be hosting an Iowa team which just destroyed Wyoming in a dominant defense effort. Barring a setback in practice over the next week, Montgomery should be a full-go for that in-state showdown.
Sep 3 - 2:36 PM

Iowa State redshirt sophomore LB Marcel Spears is expected to see starts during the season.

Spears (6'1/215) has been charging up the depth chart this offseason after working almost exclusively as a special-teamer during the 2016 campaign. "He’s done a good job," explained DC Jon Heacock. "He gets better every day — really athletic, very explosive and runs really well. He can cover in space and do those kind of things that we need him to do." Iowa State HC Matt Campbell referred to Spears as "one of the shining stars of our program" during Big 12 media days.
Aug 15 - 6:26 PM

Iowa State freshman QB Devon Moore will miss the 2017 season due to a torn ACL.

Moore's father told Tommy Birch of The Des Moines Register that his son tore the ACL while taking part in a non-contact drill. A three-star recruit for the 2017 cycle, Moore was probably going to take a redshirt this season, anyway. There's no such thing as "good timing" for a severe knee injury, but this would qualify relatively speaking.
Aug 11 - 4:38 PM

Iowa State HC Matt Campbell said redshirt sophomore WR Hakeem Butler may be the most talented wide receiver on the team.

What's fascinating about that comment is that the Cyclones boast Allen Lazard, a consensus Day 2 NFL prospect. As for Butler, he appeared in 11 games last year, catching nine balls for 134 yards and two touchdowns. He made only one start in 2016, but may be in line for a full-time starting gig this fall. The Cyclones have a monstrous receiving trio in the 6-foot-5 Lazard, the 6-foot-4 Matthew Eaton and the 6-foot-6 Butler.
Aug 5 - 12:19 PM

Iowa State redshirt junior RB Mike Warren (ankle) enters August camp in full health.

Warren suffered an ankle injury in late October, missed one subsequent game and played sparingly down the stretch. Surgery on the ankle was a possibility after the season, but the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder was able to avoid the knife. His was a down campaign in 2016, as he rushed for a meager 599 yards (4.2 YPC) and three scores after blowing up for 1,339 yards (5.9 YPC) in 2015. He's lost his starting gig to David Montgomery, but those two backs could be a load for the competition if Warren can find his way back from the abyss.
Aug 3 - 5:23 PM

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


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