Preview 2018: Iowa State Cyclones. Can The Standard Be Raised?

Preview 2018: Iowa State Cyclones. Can The Standard Be Raised?

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Preview 2018: Iowa State Cyclones. Can The Standard Be Raised?

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Best Iowa State Offensive Player

RB David Montgomery, Jr.
The 5-11, 219-pound spark plug led the team with 1,146 yards and 11 scores, and was a key value in the passing game with 36 catches for 296 yards.

Tough, compact, and quick, he’s a tough finisher who can be a workhorse, carrying the ball 20 times or more nine times and hitting the 100-yard mark six times. However, his scores came in bulk, with nine of his 11 touchdowns coming against Northern Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma State.

2. WR Hakeem Butler, Jr.
3. C Julian Good-Jones, Jr.
4. TE Chase Allen, Soph.
5. QB Kyle Kempt, Sr.

Best Iowa State Defensive Player

CB Brian Peavy, Sr.
The team’s third-leading tackler, he’s a feisty 5-9, 190-pounder who came up with 88 tackles with two picks and nine broken up passes. The three-time all-star is fantastic athlete and a better leader who’ll stick his nose into any play. He’s a corner, but he’s tough enough and a good enough ball-hawker to move to safety if needed.

2. LB Marcel Spears, Jr.
3. DE JaQuan Bailey, Jr.
4. LB Willie Harvey, Sr.
5. CB D’Andre Payne, Sr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

OT Bryce Meeker. Jr. 
If everything goes according to plan, Sean Foster will be a big right tackle who locks down the spot after stepping in late in the season, and the 6-6, 314-pound Meeker can stay healthy and rock on the left side.

Meeker worked most of last season on the right side with Jake Campos in on the left. Now the line that was among the best in the conference in pass protection – and has to be better for the running game – needs to improve no matter what.

Key Game To The Iowa State Season

at Iowa, Sept. 8
It’s too harsh to say the Cyclones gagged away the 44-41 thriller to Iowa last year, but … it wasn’t the Iowa State team that showed up over the rest of the season. At the time, the good performance overall was chalked up to the rivalry aspect, but looking back, it was a sign of things to come.

This year, it’ll still be the big in-state battle, but Iowa State isn’t supposed to be the little brother who comes to Iowa City to catch a beating. After three straight losses in the series, and with Oklahoma coming up next, this is the tone-setter.

2017 Iowa State Fun Stats

– Penalties: Opponents 93 for 877 yards – Iowa State 57 for 516 yards
– Fumbles: Opponents 16 (lost 8) – Iowa State 8 (lost 1)
– 4th Down Conversions: Iowa State 14-for 19 (74%) – Opponents 8-of-17 (47%)

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