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Noland ready to make the most of his opportunity at ISU

AMES (AP) — Zeb Noland always understood his responsibility as Iowa State’s backup quarterback. Be prepared, because you never when you’ll become the starter. It has happened to Noland twice and he has responded both times, most recently with a career-best performance in the Cyclones’ ...

Hawks hope their offense has turned a corner

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer It appears that Iowa has more than enough skill and talent on defense to compete for the Big Ten West championship. What the Hawkeyes really need to do is sort out their passing game, and there were indications last weekend that they’re getting closer to ...

ISU must get better up front

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — For all the progress Iowa State has made under coach Matt Campbell, the offensive line remains a sore spot. Iowa State (0-1), which had its Sept. 1 opener against South Dakota State canceled because of weather, got off to a sluggish start in last ...

Hawkeye defense has been dominant

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer It’s not unusual to see Iowa’s defense ahead of its offense in the middle of September. In fact, the Hawkeyes have long been known more for stopping opponents than winning shootouts under longtime coach Kirk Ferentz. But the difference between those two ...

Kempt’s injury not serious, but status for OU game still in doubt

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer Iowa State quarterback Kyle Kempt is considered “day-to-day” with a knee injury and it is unknown whether he will play Saturday against No. 5 Oklahoma in the Big 12 opener for both teams. Coach Matt Campbell said Kempt injured the MCL in his left knee in ...

Lard: ‘I can’t mess up again’

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Cameron Lard would wake up, meditate and do yoga. That was followed by a trip to the gym, a meal, meetings, another meal and more meetings. It was a boring but a clean summer for Lard — and far healthier than the self-described “double life” ...

Jones gives ISU a burst of energy

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer The play that showed just how skilled Iowa State junior Deshaunte Jones is doesn’t count. Technically, it never happened. That doesn’t mean the Cyclones aren’t excited about it. Jones took a short pass from Kyle Kempt near the sidelines and wove ...

Hawks shift focus after strong opener

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa is starting to answer some of its offseason questions. Hawkeyes linebackers, buoyed by a dominant line, looked at times like seasoned veterans in Saturday’s 33-7 win over Northern Illinois that gave coach Kirk Ferentz his record-setting ...

Ferentz passes Fry atop Iowa record books

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Kirk Ferentz’s record-setting 144th win at Iowa could not have been more emblematic of his tenure in Iowa City. There were times when every play on offense looked like a struggle — especially early on. But they kept grinding, finally ...

ISU make-up date undetermined

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer A night of miserable and dangerous weather put a damper on one of the most highly anticipated season openers in recent memory at Iowa State. The game against South Dakota State was canceled on Saturday night after a 2 ¢-hour delay caused by lightning. The ...

Iowa expecting big things

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Entering 2018, Iowa looks like it usually does in August: a decent team with a chance to be a special one. The Hawkeyes should know by the end of September which outcome they are destined for. Iowa, which went 8-5 last year, won’t get to ...

Newcomers key for Hawks

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Coach Kirk Ferentz will go for his record-breaking 144th win at Iowa this weekend. To get it, he will have to rely on a bunch of players making their first significant appearances for the Hawkeyes. Ferentz’s quest to pass Hayden Fry as the ...

Expectations high for Iowa State

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer For years, one of the challenges for Iowa State ahead of its season opener was trying to overcome low expectations that often turned out to be justified. How will the Cyclones handle being expected to be a handful for once? Iowa State (8-5 in 2017) will ...

Kelly-Martin has leg-up in Hawkeye backfield race

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Sophomore Ivory Kelly-Martin will likely start the season as Iowa’s top running back, according to offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz. The move could be categorized as a mild surprise given that fellow sophomore Toren Young was listed ahead ...

Iowa’s Fant a preseason All-American

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP Football Writer Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love of Stanford and Outland Trophy winner Ed Oliver of Houston highlight The Associated Press preseason All-America team. Chosen by AP poll voters, the team announced Tuesday also features West Virginia quarterback Will ...

Hawks ready to move forward

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Sophomores Alaric Jackson and Tristan Wirfs each possess the potential to finish their Iowa careers ranked among the best tackles the lineman-rich Hawkeyes have ever produced. They’ve just got to stay out of trouble. Jackson, who was ...

Sargent ready to contribute at Iowa

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — After largely avoiding the junior college and graduate transfer markets under coach Kirk Ferentz, Iowa found success a year ago with one-and-done running back James Butler. The Hawkeyes might have landed another solid transfer back in Mekhi ...

Montgomery, Cyclones are no longer a secret

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Big 12 coaches and football junkies know all about Iowa State junior running back David Montgomery. Montgomery is poised to make his presence felt throughout the rest of the country this fall. Montgomery racked up 1,146 yards rushing and 11 ...

Resilient Bobcats bring joy to devastated Marshalltown community

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer DES MOINES — Last Wednesday, the high school baseball team in Marshalltown was busy celebrating an unlikely berth in the state tournament. Less than 24 hours later, the Bobcats, their families, neighbors and friends were ducking for cover as an EF-3 ...

Hesse on familiar Hawkeye road

By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO — Parker Hesse was lightly recruited coming out of Waukon High School in the northeast corner of Iowa. He played all over for the Indians and captained the team as a senior, but he heard mostly from Missouri Valley and Division I-AA programs when he ...