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01/07/19 - (RB) - *David Montgomery, Jr, 5-10, 216
Iowa State two-time All-American running back David Montgomery, who became the eighth player in school history with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons this fall, decided today he will enter his name for the 2019 NFL Draft and forgo his final season of eligibility at Iowa State. Montgomery announced his decision on Twitter this morning. "The last three years have been nothing short of amazing," Montgomery wrote via Twitter. "From the first day I stepped onto campus in Ames, it has felt like home. From the roar of the crowd at Jack Trice Stadium, to the quiet of studying for exams, to the warmth that has been shown to me by Cyclone fans, I could not have asked for anything better than my experience at Iowa State. It has truly been the best decision of my life."

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Montgomery was a key part of Iowa State's resurgence on the gridiron the past two seasons, helping the Cyclones to back-to-back 8-5 marks with his dependability and durability in the backfield. The two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection ranked third in the Big 12 and 23rd nationally in rushing, averaging 101.3 rushing yards in 12 games in 2018. He reached the 100-yard mark seven times during the season, tying for third on ISU's season list, and led the team with 13 touchdowns. - Iowa State Football

11/11/18 - (QB) - Brock Purdy, Fr, 6-0, 202
A weird game ended with another wonderful result for Iowa State. Now the Cyclones have to wait and see on the status of star running back David Montgomery. Brock Purdy threw for a touchdown and ran for another score, and No. 23 Iowa State topped Baylor 28-14 on Saturday after a skirmish in the third quarter resulted in unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for each player on both teams. Purdy threw for 230 yards as Iowa State (6-3, 5-2, No. 22 CFP) won a fifth straight Big 12 game in the same season for the first time. Deshaunte Jones added a TD reception and threw for a 2-point conversion, and Iowa State shut out Baylor on five of its seven trips to the red zone. "There's still a lot of work to be done. We're still a young football team," Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. "I think what's exciting is that I sit here right now knowing that our best is still out there." Purdy's 11-yard TD pass to Jones and his 2-yard touchdown run helped Iowa State to a 17-0 halftime lead. - AP College Football

11/05/18 - (QB) - Brock Purdy, Fr, 6-0, 202
NOV 5 BIG 12 CO-NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Brock Purdy, QB, Fr., Iowa State,...Purdy collected his third weekly honor after connecting on 16-of-23 for 263 yards and three TDs in the Cyclones' 27-3 win at Kansas. The freshman's touchdowns went for 83, 51 and three yards, as he didn't throw an interception for a second-straight game. - Big 12 Football

11/03/18 - (QB) - Brock Purdy, Fr, 6-0, 202
Brock Purdy threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns, two of them big-play strikes to Hakeem Butler, and Iowa State rolled to a 27-3 victory over Kansas on Saturday. David Montgomery ran for 67 yards and Purdy added 53 more on the ground as the Cyclones (5-3, 4-2 Big 12) won their fourth straight, all since putting their freshman quarterback under center. Purdy has thrown 12 touchdown passes and just two interceptions during the streak.

The Jayhawks' Peyton Bender was just 19 of 40 for 185 yards, though he had several passes dropped, including one for a certain TD by Stephon Robinson early in the game. Khalil Herbert added 91 yards on the ground in what amounted to the only bright spot for coach David Beaty's team. Now, the calls for his job are sure to grow louder. The Jayhawks (3-6, 1-5) upset TCU last week to give Beaty a week's reprieve, but his team looked woefully unprepared Saturday. Substitution mistakes, four failed fourth downs and a myriad of other issues made for an ugly showing in front of a sparse crowd made up of about 50 percent Iowa State fans. - AP College Football

10/29/18 - (QB) - Zeb Noland, rSo, 6-2, 218
Iowa State sophomore quarterback Zeb Noland is transferring after losing the starting job to freshman Brock Purdy. Campbell announced on Monday that Noland, who has already used his redshirt season, will leave for another school at the end of the semester. Noland started five games for the Cyclones, including four this season. Noland threw for 722 yards on 70 of 110 passing, but Purdy has been the spark Iowa State (4-3, 3-2 Big 12) was looking for when he relieved Noland in a win at Oklahoma State three weeks ago. Senior Kyle Kempt is now the backup, with freshmen Devon Moore and Re-al Mitchell behind him. - AP College Football

10/29/18 - (OLB) - Marcel Spears Jr., rJr, 6-0, 215
OCT 29 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marcel Spears Jr., LB, R-Jr., Iowa State,...Spears collected four tackles, two interceptions and a 0.5 tackle-for-loss in Iowa State's 40-31 victory. He returned an INT for a 41-yard touchdown and added another takeaway in the fourth quarter for his third overall Defensive Player of the Week award and first of the season. - Big 12 Football

10/15/18 - (QB) - Brock Purdy, Fr, 6-0, 202
OCT 15 BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Brock Purdy, QB, Fr., Iowa State,...Purdy, the freshman signal caller, threw for 254 yards on 18-of-25 passing and three touchdowns in Iowa State's 30-14 victory over No. 6 West Virginia. - Big 12 Football

10/15/18 - (DE) - JaQuan Bailey, Jr, 6-1, 251
OCT 15 BIG 12 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JaQuan Bailey, DE, Jr., Iowa State,...Bailey registered two of the Cyclones' seven sacks and finished with three tackles in the 30-14 upset victory over No. 6 West Virginia. - Big 12 Football

10/14/18 - (RB) - *David Montgomery, Jr, 5-10, 216
It was arguably West Virginia's biggest test, on the road at night against a plucky Iowa State team with a stifling defense and a dangerous young quarterback. The sixth-ranked Mountaineers failed miserably. Freshman Brock Purdy threw for 254 yards and three TDs and Iowa State throttled West Virginia 30-14 on Saturday, handing the Mountaineers their first loss in emphatic fashion. David Montgomery had a career-high 189 yards rushing for the Cyclones (3-3, 2-2 Big 12), who capped a wild day by beating a Top 25 team for the fifth time in seven tries after dropping 20 in a row to ranked teams. Iowa State held the Mountaineers to 152 yards overall and zero points in the second half. "They didn't come up with a magical defense to stop what we were doing," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. "We didn't do anything right. We didn't make plays, we didn't keep our eyes where they needed to be. We didn't run fast, we didn't get off coverage, we didn't make good decisions. We didn't call good plays, we didn't tackle them, we didn't block."

The only solace for West Virginia (5-1, 3-1) was that it was the fourth Top 10 team to fall Saturday. LSU pounded No. 2 Georgia 36-16, No. 7 Washington fell 30-27 in overtime at No. 17 Oregon, and No. 8 Penn State lost to Michigan State 21-17. Iowa State scored 20 straight points after spotting West Virginia an early touchdown off a turnover. Purdy, in his first career start, then found Deshaunte Jones through a pair of defenders on a sprawling 32-yard TD grab that put Iowa State ahead 28-14 with 12:17 to go. - AP College Football

10/09/18 - (QB) - Kyle Kempt, rSr, 6-4, 224
QB Kyle Kempt is back at practice but was described by the coaching staff as doubtful for Saturday. If he is declared ready for the West Virginia game, there's a chance he could resume his position as the starter.

10/09/18 - (WR) - Hakeem Butler, rJr, 6-5, 225
WR Hakeem Butler continues to move up the charts among Iowa State wide receivers. He moved into the top-25 in receiving yards last week, and his 13 career touchdown catches rank eighth all-time at the school.

10/09/18 - (CB) - Braxton Lewis, rJr, 5-11, 186
DB Braxton Lewis extended his interception streak to three games with another pick against Oklahoma State and was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. Not bad work for a walk-on, and coach Matt Campbell indicated that he'd be next in line for a scholarship when one becomes available.

10/09/18 - (QB) - Brock Purdy, Fr, 6-0, 202
QB Brock Purdy becomes the latest quarterback to watch, thanks to his standout work against Oklahoma State. The true freshman provided a badly-needed electric shock to the offense against the Cowboys, and he'll likely need similar numbers against a West Virginia team with national title aspirations.

10/08/18 - (QB) - Brock Purdy, Fr, 6-0, 202
OCT 8 BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Brock Purdy, QB, Fr., Iowa State,...Purdy connected on 18-of-23 for 318 yards and four touchdowns in the ISU triumph at No. 25 Oklahoma State. The freshman also rushed for 84 yards and a TD in the contest. The weekly recognition is the first in his career. - Big 12 Football

10/08/18 - (CB) - Braxton Lewis, rJr, 5-11, 186
OCT 8 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Braxton Lewis, DB, R-Jr., Iowa State,...Lewis racked up seven tackles, a tackle-for-loss and an interception in Iowa State's 48-42 victory at No. 25 Oklahoma State. Lewis' interception late in the fourth quarter ended the OSU comeback attempt. The honor is the first for the Overland Park, Kansas, native. - Big 12 Football

10/02/18 - (QB) - Kyle Kempt, rSr, 6-4, 224
QB Kyle Kempt is back at practice, sans knee brace. However, he's still not ready for game action. Coach Matt Campbell said that next week's game against West Virginia would be the earliest he could return.

10/02/18 - (TE) - Chase Allen, rSo, 6-6, 240
TE Chase Allen is still day-to-day with a groin injury. He's been on the sidelines the past two games but hopes to play this weekend.

10/02/18 - (RB) - *David Montgomery, Jr, 5-10, 216
RB David Montgomery passed the 2,000 rushing yards mark for his career last week and continues to excel despite the fact that he's playing while hurt. The dilemma for the coaching staff is that he's too valuable to sit and heal, as the team needs every win it can get to make the postseason, but the upper arm injury isn't getting any better. Even with a limited workload, his skill as both a runner and pass catcher makes Montgomery a player to watch for NFL scouts.

09/26/18 - (QB) - Kyle Kempt, rSr, 6-4, 224
QB Kyle Kempt will miss his third consecutive game with a knee injury, and is at least a couple of weeks away from being back on the field. It's a tough setback for the sixth-year senior.

09/26/18 - (RB) - *David Montgomery, Jr, 5-10, 216
RB David Montgomery finished with 107 yards and a rushing touchdown against Akron, but those numbers won't impress NFL scouts. What will is the ability he showed at breaking tackles and getting yards after the initial hit. It's his ability to stay low, keep moving forward and move the chains that give him a chance to be a difference-maker in the pros.

09/20/18 - (ILB) - Bobby McMillen III, rJr, 6-1, 230
LB Bobby McMillen tore his ACL against Oklahoma and is out for the season. It's the second knee injury in three seasons for the special teams contributor.

09/20/18 - (QB) - Kyle Kempt, rSr, 6-4, 224
QB Kyle Kempt will miss his second consecutive game this weekend. He's week-to-week and is questionable for the game the following week against TCU.

09/20/18 - (RB) - *David Montgomery, Jr, 5-10, 216
RB David Montgomery had 28 yards and a touchdown on his 21 carries against Oklahoma. He also got the ball out of the Wildcat formation, which had mixed success but will likely be a part of the offense again this week against Akron.

09/11/18 - (OL) - Colin Newell, , 6-4, 270
C Colin Newell might see significant action against the Sooners. The redshirt freshman was one of the stars of preseason camp, and the offensive line faltered in the loss to Iowa last week. That would also allow Julian-Good Jones to move outside to left tackle.

09/11/18 - (RB) - *David Montgomery, Jr, 5-10, 216
RB David Montgomery struggled to move the ball against Iowa, with just 44 yards on 17 carries. The good news is that the Hawkeyes probably have the best defensive front Iowa State will see all season. The bad news is that if QB Kyle Kempt can't go on Saturday, Oklahoma will be even more focused than usual on keeping him in check.

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