The TCU Horned Frogs will host the Iowa State Cyclones this Saturday night in Ft. Worth. The Frogs look to revenge a 14-7 loss in Ames, Iowa last year. Let’s take a quick look ahead at what the Cyclones will bring to town.
Head Coach Matt Campbell:
Coach Campbell knows how to win. The Ohio native was a defensive lineman at Division 3 powerhouse Mount Union University Purple Raiders from 1999-2002. His Purple Raiders won three national championships during his playing career. Campbell is now in his third season of leading the Cyclones football program. He has a record of 12-16. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Toledo University, where he had a 35-15 overall record. Campbell has a comfortable annual salary of $3.5 million dollars.
The Cyclones Defense:
The Cyclones defense is tough. Their defensive motto is to play 11 as one. Which means, play in sync and fly to the football. Here is an example of them doing just that.
You don’t want to go into the fourth quarter trailing the Cyclones.
David Montgomery RB Junior:
The 5’11”, 219 pound running back from Cincinnati, Ohio, is the team’s star player. He broke out last year with 1,095 yards rushing, 1,383 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns. He was named First-team All-Big 12 and a First-team Pro Football Focus All-American in 2017.
Expect Montgomery to go early in the National Football League Draft.
Kyle Kempt began the 2018 season as the starter. Kempt got banged up and in came sophomore Zeb Noland. The 6’2″, 220 pound Noland has looked good and the Cyclones now have a quarterback controversy. In Noland’s first start against Oklahoma, he had 360 yards passing for two touchdowns. Last week vs Akron he went for 233 passing yards and one touchdown. Noland has a 54.5% completion percentage and one interception. He is not much of a running threat.
Iowa State fans rave about Noland’s talent and rocket arm.
Here is Noland putting it on the money.
The team’s other quarterback, Kyle Kempt, is a sixth-year senior. He was the starter last year and started the first game this year, before sustaining an ankle injury. He could be cleared to play against TCU. It is unknown who would get the start. Last year Kempt had 1,787 yards passing, 15 touchdowns and three interceptions. He is not a running quarterback.
Hakeem Butler WR Junior:
Butler is a big bodied wide receiver at 6’6″ and 225 pounds. He is the Cyclones big play threat. Last year he had 41 catches for 697 yards and seven touchdowns. In three games, this year, he has 14 catches for 297 yards and three touchdowns.
They call this guy Hakeem “The Dream” Butler for a reason.
They like to send him deep.
The Cyclones defense is the strength of the team. They are led up front by, 2017 Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Defensive End, JaQuan Bailey. Senior cornerbacks and 2017 All-Big 12 performers, Brian Peavy and D’Andre Payne, anchor the secondary. Iowa State believes these two are the best starting cornerback tandem in the Big 12.
Offensively, David Montgomery is the star. He will not go down with arm tackles. Both quarterbacks are efficient passers, who will not hurt you with their feet. Butler can beat you deep. Their offensive line has been inconsistent, in part due to injuries. They have started a different line combination every game this year. Overall, the Cyclones offense is struggling. They are averaging 18.7 points and 333 yards a game with five touchdowns. These all rank them dead last in the Big 12 conference. Iowa State has had some trouble finishing drives with touchdowns. They had four field goals just last week.
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