- Neal Boortz defends Hillary Clinton for representing child rapist
- House task force to recommend National Guard on border, faster deportations
- Top federal judge uses pizza to explain complex Obamacare situation
- Obama, Biden overhaul job training programs
- Drought-plagued Californians turn to paint to keep lawns green
- ISIL now forcing Iraqi shopkeepers to veil mannequins in Mosul
- 11 parents of Nigeria’s abducted girls die
- Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia
- Turkish P.M. Erdogan won’t speak to Obama, but he’ll take calls from Biden
- Israel’s ambassador praises Obama, slams Human Rights Watch report
Injuries hamper progress for Iowa State
Question of the Day
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Injuries and other issues have left Iowa State working from behind with the spring game a week away.
Offensive lineman Brock Dagel is out with a leg injury. Wide receiver Dondre Daley has been limited by a sprained ankle and defensive lineman Pierre Aka is out with a concussion.
Junior college transfer Devron Moore, a potential starter at safety, is homesick and isn’t currently on campus according to coach Paul Rhoads.
Moore might return to the Cyclones at some point soon. But his sudden departure last week was the most symptomatic sign yet of the struggles Iowa State has had this spring.
“We’re going to see here within the next week or two whether he’s going to be able to rejoin the program,” Rhoads said of Moore.
The Cyclones have an open scrimmage next Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium.
If there’s one positive for Iowa State so far this spring, it’s that redshirt freshman Joel Lanning has improved enough to push Grant Rohach and Sam Richardson for the starting job.
Lanning, a 6-foot-2, 236-pounder from nearby Ankeny, Iowa, had 39 total touchdowns as a senior in high school in 2012. But he redshirted last season and figured to be third-string at best heading into the fall as Rohach and Richardson competed to be the starter.
But the arrival of offensive coordinator Mark Mangino meant that all three quarterbacks would have to adjust to a new system and impress a new coach. Though Lanning might still be behind Rohach and Richardson, it seems as though he has closed the gap quite a bit this spring.
“It’s a three-way race,” Rhoads said. “He’s certainly in the running.”
Iowa State’s defense was already behind schedule with starting defensive lineman David Irving and linebacker Luke Knott out for the spring with injuries and tackle Rodney Coe’s recent dismissal. Moore’s absence has left the secondary a bit thin as well.
Defensive coordinator Wally Burnham said that while his defense produced three turnovers in Saturday’s scrimmage, the unit as a whole needs to consistently make more big plays.
The Cyclones have just four starters back on a defense that was 109th nationally with 36 points allowed a game.
“This group is more eager to learn and do what you ask them to do. They seem to be that way in the meetings, on the field. They make some boneheaded mistakes that young people are going to make,” defensive coordinator Wally Burnham said.
U.S. appetite for drugs begets violence migrants are fleeing
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies
- Hamas terrorists wear Israeli army uniforms to ambush soldiers in Gaza
- Rick Perry: County jails in Texas have taken in 203,000 "criminal aliens"
- Jewish woman booted from JetBlue flight over fight with Palestinian
- Rep. Jared Polis' anti-fracking crusade riles Colorado
- MERRY: Handicaps in Hillary's way
- YOUNG: A sinking presidency, deeper after November?
- LYONS: Small-arms treaty, big Second Amendment threat
- 'Straight White Guy Festival' supposedly set for Ohio park
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq