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  05/04/21 - Kene NwangwurSr/2021, Iowa State, 6-0, 210 (DS#30 RB) + More +

  One of the most unselfish football players during Iowa State's rise toward school history last season is headed to the NFL. Kene Nwangwu, the Cyclones' ultra-valuable skill-position backup and premier kickoff returner, was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the draft Saturday. He projects as a special teams player, primarily a kickoff returner, where he was 11th nationally last season with an average of 28.9 yards per return. "Kene was among a unique group of seniors who were really special," Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said in a statement Saturday. "Kene has been through so much here at Iowa State. He had a great start to his career, and then he tears his Achilles. It was a long tough road back for him, and it wasn't easy. "To watch his leadership grow, see what he has done for our football program, and (Saturday), to see him get drafted, I am so thrilled for him." He's not the only Cyclones representation in NFL camps - tight end Dylan Soehner as a New Orleans free agent, receiver Landen Akers as a Rams free agent, record-setting defensive end JaQuan Bailey likewise with Philadelphia, and defensive back Lawrence White in Tampa's camp. - Ames Tribune

(DS#30 RB) rSr/2021 RB Kene NwangwuIowa State
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  04/30/21 - Trevor DowningrJr/2023, Iowa State, 6-3, 314 (DS#14 OG) + More +

  Trevor Downing's Operation Recovery looks to be complete. If Iowa State opened the season now, instead of Sept. 4 against Northern Iowa at Jack Trice Stadium, he'd back where he started. He'd be the No. 1 left guard on a very good offensive line again. That's the word from offensive coordinator Tom Manning, who told reporters Wednesday that Downing might be better than ever. "He's been playing with the ones," Manning said. "That's been a really good thing for us to see. He had a really good winter, with (strength coach Dave Andrews). That's paid big dividends for him. He's 100 percent back to normal. He's been really good. He feels healthy. He certainly looks stronger than prior to his injury." That was about the only question mark remaining for an offense that's essentially intact from last season - not only among the starters, but throughout the depth chart. Downing's good health means an exceptionally deep offensive line will have a combined 93 career starts among seven players when the season begins. From center Colin Newell's 26 starts to right tackle Joey Ramos' five, it's got every opportunity to be the Cyclones' best line ever. - Des Moines Register

(DS#14 OG) rJr/2023 OG Trevor DowningIowa State
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  04/21/21 - Charlie KolarrSr/2022, Iowa State, 6-5, 257 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  Faced with one of the most consequential decisions of his life, Charlie Kolar flipped a coin. Not so much to render a verdict, though, as to give him some insight into his own thinking about the prospect of staying for a fifth season with the Iowa State football team or leaving for the NFL. "My parents taught me this technique - when you can't make a decision, flip a coin and you say you're going to make a decision based on the coin flip," the All-American tight end said. "The way you feel afterward gives you a pretty good idea of what you actually feel (about a decision)." So, Kolar flipped a coin after the 2020 season. "I think it landed for Iowa State," he recalled, "and I felt good about it."

The choice to return to Ames for another season was certainly one Iowa State felt good about, keeping one of the nation's top tight ends in the fold going into a season in which the Cyclones will be ranked in the top-10 and have College Football Playoffs aspirations. "He's light years ahead of where he was going into last season and we're only in April right now," Iowa State tight ends coach Taylor Mouser said. "The steps that we could take over the next months before the season, there are still a lot of areas we can get better at, as crazy as that sounds." The 6-foot-6, 257-pound Kolar had 44 catches for 591 yards and seven touchdowns last season, but in addition to simply being a year older and more experienced, there's reason to expect even better performance in 2021. - Des Moines Register


(DS#2 TE) rSr/2022 TE Charlie KolarIowa State
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  04/13/21 - Tarique MiltonrSr/2022, Iowa State, 5-09, 188 (DS#32 WR) + More +

  It was a new experience for Tarique Milton. As his Iowa State football teammates stacked wins and accolades during the 2020 season, the junior wideout was just trying to get, and then stay, on the field. "For the first time in my life," he said this week, "I was an outsider." First it was an ankle injury and then a collarbone issue that kept Milton from fully experiencing last year's 9-3 season in which the Cyclones went to the Big 12 title game and won the Fiesta Bowl. Milton played in just half the games, robbing quarterback Brock Purdy and the Cyclone offense of its top returning wideout. "It was a little pain to watch, to be out, honestly," Milton said, "but there's no regret from it. I wouldn't change it if I could because I need that type of experience. "Being away really made me realize how important the game is to me, and I was willing to do anything, work harder to be back and make sure I can stay healthy. It gave me a different perspective."

Milton had 35 catches for 722 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore in 2019, and his ability to hit big plays was something that was missed from the Iowa State offense in his intermittent absences. "Tarique has been an explosive player here," Iowa State wide receivers coach Nate Scheelhaase said. "He's made a ton of plays down the field. He's been a guy that can go and threaten people. He can threaten them with his speed and ability to make plays with the ball in his hand. "He's a guy that Brock has relied on. He's thrown big plays to him down the field, and again, he's a guy that definitely makes defensive backs back up. Any time you've got those guys out on the field, it's going to make things easier for even the other guys on your offense." - Des Moines Register


(DS#32 WR) rSr/2022 WR Tarique MiltonIowa State
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  04/05/21 - Jake HummelrSr/2022, Iowa State, 6-1, 228 (DS#59 OLB) + More +

  Jake Hummel could read a depth chart. He also knew talent when he saw it. The Dowling Catholic product could do a little math, too. Despite playing as a true freshman, Hummel had Marcel Spears a year ahead and a spot above of him at linebacker. Spears, a three-time all-Big 12 selection, wouldn't be surrendering a starting linebacker spot. That left, Hummel knew, just one season for him to show what he could do as a starter for the Cyclones. As preparation for that lone year began, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, throwing everything into question. Eventually, though, the football season would come to be and, because of the NCAA's blanket waiver of additional eligibility, Hummel gets the chance to build upon his best season of football at the collegiate level. "This extra year, I knew I was going to have it," Hummel said Wednesday, "and I knew right away I was going to come back. "After last season I'm only more hungry to get better and work on myself." Hummel excelled in his first year as a starter, earning honorable mention all-conference honors after starting all 12 games and finishing second on the Cyclones with 77 tackles. - Des Moines Register

(DS#59 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Jake HummelIowa State
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  03/14/21 - Zeb NolandrJr/2021, Iowa State, 6-2, 218 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Zeb Noland threw two touchdown passes and three-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State rebounded from an upset last week to blank Missouri State 25-0 on Saturday. The Bison (3-1, 2-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference) had their FCS-record 39-game win streak snapped by Southern Illinois in a 38-14 loss last week but jumped out to a 25-0 halftime lead over the Bears (1-4, 1-1) and rode their defense to the victory. The Bison had seven sacks, three by Spencer Waege, and held the Bears to 63 yards on the ground and 221 total. Noland completed 10 of 15 passes with touchdown throws of 7 yards to Noah Gindorff and 81 to Braylon Henderson, who got behind the defense to make the deep reception and cruise into the end zone for his first career score. - North Dakota State/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2021 QB Zeb NolandIowa State
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  03/06/21 - Zeb NolandrJr/2021, Iowa State, 6-2, 218 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Zeb Noland threw two touchdown passes and three-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State rebounded from an upset last week to blank Missouri State 25-0 on Saturday. The Bison (3-1, 2-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference) had their FCS-record 39-game win streak snapped by Southern Illinois in a 38-14 loss last week but jumped out to a 25-0 halftime lead over the Bears (1-4, 1-1) and rode their defense to the victory. The Bison had seven sacks, three by Spencer Waege, and held the Bears to 63 yards on the ground and 221 total. Noland completed 10 of 15 passes with touchdown throws of 7 yards to Noah Gindorff and 81 to Braylon Henderson, who got behind the defense to make the deep reception and cruise into the end zone for his first career score. - North Dakota State/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2021 QB Zeb NolandIowa State
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  02/08/21 - Brock PurdySr/2022, Iowa State, 6-1, 212 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Iowa State coach Matt Campbell has agreed to a new eight-year contract through 2028 after leading the Cyclones to the Big 12 championship game and a New Year's Six bowl. The school did not release terms of the contract Monday. The Cyclones are coming off their most successful season in school history. They were 9-3 overall and first in the Big 12 at 8-1. They lost to Oklahoma in the conference championship game, then beat Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl and were No. 9 in the final Associated Press Top 25. Iowa State also agreed to provide Campbell a total of $3 million for staff salary increases over the next three years. - AP College Football

(DS#3 QB) Sr/2022 QB Brock PurdyIowa State
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  02/02/21 - Jaquan AmosrSr/2022, Iowa State, 6-0, 190 (DS#69 CB) + More +

  Iowa State has added a veteran piece to its 2021-2022 secondary. Jaquan Amos, a graduate transfer defensive back out of Villanova, announced Monday his commitment to Iowa State. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder was also considering West Virginia, Virginia, Mississippi State and Kansas State. Villanova didn't play this fall. In his prior three seasons, Amos played in 33 games and logged 109 tackles, six tackles for loss, eight interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was seen as one of the top available secondary transfers. - Des Moines Register

(DS#69 CB) rSr/2022 CB Jaquan AmosIowa State
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  01/13/21 - Breece HallJr/2023, Iowa State, 6-1, 215 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Iowa State's historic football season received more national respect Tuesday: Matt Campbell's team checked in at No. 9 on both the Amway Coaches Poll and the AP's final 2020 poll. It's just the third time the Cyclones found a place in the AP's final ratings. The others were No. 25 after the 2000 season, and 19th after the 1976 season. This was the first time Iowa State finished among the Top 25 by the coaches. Iowa State concluded a 9-3 season by whipping Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. Campbell's team returns nearly every starter for another run in 2021. - Des Moines Register

(DS#1 RB) Jr/2023 RB Breece HallIowa State
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  01/10/21 - Charlie KolarrSr/2022, Iowa State, 6-5, 257 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  Add an All-American tight end and an All-Big 12 starting safety to the impressive list of Iowa State football players returning next season. Charlie Kolar and Greg Eisworth both said on social media Sunday morning they’ll be parts of what could be an exciting and expectation-filled 2021 season. Both have been rock-solid in helping the Cyclones to an impressive three-season run that includes a Fiesta Bowl victory, playing in the Big 12 championship game for the first time, and winning 24 of 38 games, including 19 of 27 against conference opponents. - Des Moines Register

(DS#2 TE) rSr/2022 TE Charlie KolarIowa State
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  01/08/21 - Eyioma UwazurikerSr/2022, Iowa State, 6-5, 310 (DS#34 DT) + More +

  Iowa State's defensive line got a boost Thursday afternoon. Enyi Uwazurike is returning for his super-senior season. The senior started all 12 games, including 11 at the defensive end position opposite JaQuan Bailey. Uwazurike's announcement came a couple hours after backup defensive lineman Joshua Bailey entered the transfer portal list. - Des Moines Register

(DS#34 DT) rSr/2022 DT Eyioma UwazurikeIowa State
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  01/07/21 - Breece HallJr/2023, Iowa State, 6-1, 215 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  2020 DOAK WALKER AWARD (TOP RUNNING BACK) FINALIST: Breece Hall, Iowa State,...Hall recorded one of the greatest individual seasons in school history in 2020 while finishing sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting. The Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and finalist for the Doak Walker Award made a swift rise to one of the nation's elite running backs in 2020 by leading the nation in rushing yards (1,572) and 100-yard rushing games (9). - Iowa State Football

(DS#1 RB) Jr/2023 RB Breece HallIowa State
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  01/07/21 - Charlie KolarrSr/2022, Iowa State, 6-5, 257 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  2020 JOHN MACKEY AWARD FINALIST: Charlie Kolar, Iowa State,...A native of Norman, Okla., Kolar leads all Big 12 tight ends and ranks in the top-five nationally among tight ends in receptions (39), receiving yards (538) and touchdown catches (6) in 10 games played. Kolar, who is one of three finalists for the Mackey Award, has caught a TD pass in five of his last six games and recorded a career-high 131 receiving yards in the win against Texas. - Iowa State Football

(DS#2 TE) rSr/2022 TE Charlie KolarIowa State
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  01/06/21 - Sean FosterrSr/2022, Iowa State, 6-7, 318 (DS#43 OT) + More +

  Iowa State's very good offensive line got even better Monday night. Starting left tackle Sean Foster said he's becoming a super senior. Foster started every game during the 2020 season, that culminated in a victory against Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. Foster's return means every offensive line starter is likely to return for 2021. That includes starting left guard Trevor Downing, who missed the final 11 games with an injury. - Des Moines Register

(DS#43 OT) rSr/2022 OT Sean FosterIowa State
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