Worth the Weight

Iowa State reported to Ames on Monday to begin the summer session and kicked the day off with a morning workout in the weight room. We spotlight five players who need to make good use of the strength training

The Cyclones reported to Ames on Monday for the start of the summer session. Per new legislation by the NCAA, student-athletes can participate in an eight-week period each summer, including eight hours per week of required weight training and conditioning.

Below are five Cyclones who'll be looking to add weight this spring.

  • Luke Knott: After losing the entire spring because of rehabilitation from hip surgery, Knott can't afford to waste any time this summer. The redshirt sophomore is a buff 6-foot, 218-pounds, but as undersized as he is at weakside linebacker, he might as well make up for that deficiency with another 10 pounds or so.


  • DeVondrick Nealy: It's an important offseason for the redshirt junior, who faces the prospects of becoming an every-down back for the Cyclones, behind only Aaron Wimberly. Injuries have never been a problem for the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Nealy, but he's never been more than a change-of-pace runner. If he's to carry a load for ISU — likely more than 15 carries a game — he'll need to get more durable. Ideally, he could keep the same speed and shiftiness at about 205 or 210 pounds (similar to Lache Seastrunk) but, for now, a gain of five to 10 pounds is realistic.
  • Kamari Cotton-Moya: At 6-foot, 190, Cotton-Moya can get by fine playing center field from his post as free safety, but if he's to become a factor in the run game (as predecessor Jacques Washington was), he needs to get bigger. Washington enrolled in Ames at 185 pounds and left at 220. Iowa State would like to see Cotton-Moya, a redshirt freshman, make a similar progression.


  • Jake Campos: This is pretty easy. The 6-foot-7 offensive tackle is at 280 right now and said this spring he needs to get to 295 by August. That'd put the redshirt freshman in Brock Dagel territory.
  • Alex Leslie: A random selection, but if you're paying attention, you know Leslie is drawing high marks for his soft hands and huge catch radius, but the redshirt freshman tight end — the heir apparent to E.J. Bibbs — needs to get stronger to make an impact as a blocker and survive over the middle. It's not easy to fill out a 6-foot-5 frame, but Leslie, a redshirt freshman, has plenty of time. At 244 pounds, the guess is he'll eventually need to get to 260.

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