Here is everything you need to know about the Cyclones upcoming game in our Iowa State at Akron preview.
Date: September 16th, 2017 | 11 a.m. CT | InfoCision Stadium– Summa Field
TV: CBS Sports Network (John Sadak (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst), and Cassie McKinney (sideline))
Radio: Cyclones Radio Network (Flagship KCCQ-FM 105.1 in Ames)
Ulysees Gilbert, linebacker
Gilbert was named the MAC defensive player of the week for the East division. Gilbert led the Akron with 10 tackles in their 52-3 win over Arkansas Pine Bluff. He also scored a touchdown on his first-career interception. Gilbert led the team in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks last season on his way to first-team All-MAC honors and is the clearly leader of this defense.
Thomas Woodson, quarterback
Nathan Stanley threw for 333 yards against the Cyclones last week. It could have been 433 yards had he had the accuracy of a decent high school quarterback. Stanley missed a ton of throws that would’ve blown up his stat sheet even further. Woodson has not had a fast start to the season, throwing for under 100 yards against Penn State and 166 last week, letting the run game carry the Zips. But watch out, this could be Woodson’s break-out week.
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David Montgomery, running back
Montgomery burst onto the scene last season as a true freshman and has proven so far he has zero intentions of a sophomore slump. Montgomery rushed for over 100 yards and caught five passes for over 50 yards against the Hawkeyes. He has become the most intregal part of this offense, and as I said on Twitter on Saturday, he’s game is reminding me of Ray Rice (big thighs, low to the ground, catching passes out of the backfield, etc).
Kamari Cotton-Moya, defensive back
Cotton-Moya left the game early in the fourth quarter with what appeared to be a shoulder injury, but Matt Campbell confirmed Monday it was an elbow injury. Campbell said his senior captain was day-to-day. This secondary struggled mightily after he left the game Saturday, so hopefully for the Cyclones Cotton-Moya will be available.
Run the ball
Akron’s rush defense was brutal last season, allowing over 220 yards per game. Penn State rushed for nearly 250 yards, but Arkansas Pine Bluff was held to under 50. So… is this run defense improved or not? We don’t know for certain, but I’d still like to see a heavy dose of David Montgomery on Saturday to then set up the passing attack of Jacob Park, Allen Lazard and Hakeem Butler.
Matt Campbell said Monday he will learn a lot about his team with how they bounce back on Saturday following a heartbreaking loss this past week. This is a game that based on talent, the Cyclones should roll to victory in. But if there is any kind of hangover affect, then Akron, at home, might be able to, at the very least, scare Iowa State in the second half.
Iowa State 38, Akron 24
Matt Campbell has this program in on an entirely different level than Year 1 and that will be obvious come Saturday. Bouncing back will be no problem for Campbell’s group as Jacob Park has a big afternoon against a secondary with question marks and David Montgomery gains even more confidence in the back field.