Quick Look: Iowa State Cylcones

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Quick Look: Iowa State Cylcones

Post by Robinson » Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:45 am

Brock Purdy is supposed to be the next big thing.After throwing for almost 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns in his sophomore year, Purdy was getting a little preseason Heisman love, and his Iowa State team was considered one of the contenders in the Big 12. Matt Campbell had more than established himself as a rising star in the coaching ranks, and seemed committed to the Cylcones for the long haul, despite being linked to every major job opening the last two years.2020 was supposed to be the breakthrough year https://www.frogsteamstore.com/Matthew_ ... Jersey-168, for both Purdy and Campbell, and thus, the year the Cyclones made a play toward becoming contenders.Then, the Ragin Cajuns happened.After being upset on their home turf by a very good Louisiana team, the Cyclones were forced to regroup ahead of their conference opener at TCU. An offense that was expected to be elite looked very average in the opener; Purdy threw for just 145 yards with a 45 completion rate, with no touchdowns and one INT. The running game was better Breece Hall ran for over 100 yards with a score and Purdy himself picked up 35 on the ground https://www.frogsteamstore.com/Ryan_Martin_Jersey-139. The receivers, normally a strength of ISU looked decidedly average preseason all-conference tight end didn play and it showed, though he is expected to be back Saturday.Defensively, the Cyclones gave up 31 points, weren terrible, but their special teams were. You might be surprised to learn that there is not a Special Teams coach on the ISU staff, and it showed Saturday the Ragin Cajuns scored on a punt and kick return to put the game well out of reach of the stagnant Iowa State O.The Horned Frogs have one distinct advantage nobody has seen them on film in 2020.Of course, that means that they have yet to play a football game, to get their first-year guys some in-game experience, to hit someone they don share a locker with. We have certainly see that matter early in this weird season https://www.frogsteamstore.com/Daimarqu ... Jersey-150, but we also know that GP is exceptional at preparation and detail, and this extra time will not have been wasted.
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