Injuries Adding up for Iowa State
Iowa State's No. 5 duo is dealing with injuries after both receiver Allen Lazard and safety Kamari Cotton-Moya missed Saturday's game, and the outlook for the pair is varying.
Cotton-Moya is dealing with a severe hamstring injury suffered on the final play of last Wednesday's practice, and Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said Monday that while Cotton-Moya is improving, "It will be a stretch that we will see him the remainder of the season." Lazard, meanwhile, is dealing with a rotator cuff injury and is day-to-day.
"We’re hopeful that Allen will have an opportunity to play this Saturday," Rhoads said. "He’s got a good ways to go, I’ll be honest with you, but they think there’s a chance. As long as they tell me there’s a chance, I know how Allen is going to respond to that, so we’ll hold out that hope."
The injury list for the Cyclones is continuing to build elsewhere, too. Iowa State was without defensive linemen Trent Taylor, Jhasutin Thomas and Bobby Leath on Saturday. Taylor and Thomas, who are dealing with ankle injuries, were both set to return to practice Monday while Leath, who suffered a concussion last week, is hopeful to return by week's end.
Lynn Suspened for Remainder of 2015
The career of redshirt senior cornerback Kenneth Lynn has effectively come to an end after he was suspended for the remainder of the 2015 season for a violation of Big 12 rules.
Lynn's violation was not disclosed, but he didn't appear in Saturday's game and as a redshirt senior he has now played his final snaps for the Cyclones.
Another Week, Another Kicking Battle
Iowa State is entering another week with a kicking battle after redshirt freshman Chris Francis was listed as the starting kicker on Monday's depth chart. The battle marks the second such instance this season.
Cole Netten, who missed a PAT and put a kickoff out of bounds Saturday, has struggled during his junior season going 13-of-18 on field goal attempts. Iowa State will give each kicker 12 kicks this week to solves its latest battle.
"Cole, and he knows it, he knows that he has not performed for this football team this season, nobody feels that pain more than Cole and we’re working hard to help get him through that from a confidence level and a skill level," Rhoads said. "A skillset that he possesses that we need to see displayed."