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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.
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

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