Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Iowa State Cyclones season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Iowa State Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 8-5 overall, 6-3 in Big 12
Head Coach: Matt Campbell, 4th year, 19-19
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE IOWA STATE OFFENSE
– The Iowa State offense might not put up Oklahoma-like numbers, and it might not be a typical Big 12 powerhouse, but it’s been ultra-efficient and should be again if Brock Purdy can match his amazing freshman season. The young quarterback stepped in after a 1-4 start and led the way to a 7-1 run on the way to a bowl appearance.
Re-al Mitchell is a talented backup option, but he needs time and seasoning. The Cyclones are used to getting big-time quarterback production on the fly, but as long as Purdy is sharp again, the offense will be fine.
– David Montgomery is off being a Chicago Bear, and it wouldn’t be a positive if Purdy was the team’s second-leading rusher again. There isn’t another Montgomery as the Cyclones will likely go with a running back by committee situation until someone emerges as the hot hand. No matter who has the ball, the blocking will be there behind one of the Big 12’s better offensive fronts. All five starters return on a line that should have at least three all-stars.
– The Cyclone receiving corps had its share of stars over the last few seasons, but a new No. 1 has to emerge after losing Hakeem Butler early to the NFL. It’s going to be a work in progress, but getting Arkansas leading receiver La’Michael Pettway – he caught 30 passes for 499 yards and four scores – is a great start.
Tarique Milton is good-looking young versatile target who finished second on the team with 417 yards, and Deshaunte Jones was second in catches with 43. Now the parts have to fill in around them. The tight end situation is strong with Charlie Kolar a reliable target who needs the ball more, and with Chase Allen a good option.