WR Daley to start against Bison

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After an ankle injury forced the Iowa State wide receiver to third-string status exiting the spring, Daley used the summer to heal up. It helped him claim a starting spot for the season opener against North Dakota State on Saturday (11 a.m., FS1).

“He’s been extremely coachable as we’ve gone through fall camp and has really risen from a production standpoint,” coach Paul Rhoads said.

Daley’s sprained ankle limited his availability in spring practice. Once healthy, he started playing again like the redshirt freshman who showed flashes last fall. Daley played in all 12 games, but earned more playing time in the second half of the season, finishing with 13 catches for 127 yards.

“Dondre Daley has good ball control,” Rhoads said. “Dondre Daley can run. He has good length, catches the ball and goes after it really aggressively to catch it.”

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