Iowa State Healthy as Summer Nears
Iowa State exited spring ball mostly healthy and it appears the roster will be in good shape moving into the offseason after summer session classes began Monday and an eight-week workout period nears in June.
Matt Campbell said Monday that receiver Allen Lazard's cast has been removed from his right hand after he sustained a hairline fracture during spring ball and Jake Campos is now '100 percent' after he sat out spring ball following offseason cleanup surgery in his hip. Lazard and Campos, two integral pieces to the offense, should be full-go this summer.
Meanwhile, running back Mitchell Harger, who suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder during the spring game, remains a work in progress. Campbell said Harger will rehabilitate through the summer and Iowa State expects him to be ready by fall camp.
Trent Progressing Following Leg Injury
While Iowa State enters the summer fairly healthy, redshirt junior defensive tackle Vernell Trent is progressing after spring surgery for a lower leg fracture. Campbell officially revealed the offseason surgery Monday and AllCyclones.com confirmed Trent sustained a lower leg break early in the spring.
"Really the only guy in terms of continuing to rehabilitate himself and hopefully get in full strength by mid-June is Vernell Trent, who had surgery early in spring practice," Campbell said. "He’s still in a cast, but we’re expecting to have him out and hopefully run around here and hopefully be full strength by the mid-to-late part of June for us."
Trent appeared in all 12 games last season as a sophomore, including one as a starter. He tallied eight tackles — including three against Iowa — and one forced fumble. The Cyclones have depth at the tackle position in 2016 with Demond Tucker, Bobby Leath, Pierre Aka, Robby Garcia and Terry Ayeni in addition to Trent.
Cyclones Sitting at 85 Scholarships
On paper, Iowa State sits slightly above 90 scholarships, but Matt Campbell said Monday that the program is perfectly set as it enters the summer.
"We’re right at 85 with where our roster is with our incoming class in June," Campbell said. "We’ve had a couple young men that had to take medical hardships. We’re kind of working through that and getting some of those things finalized. We’re exactly where we need to be, which is nice to have. I know we’re kind excited to get those freshman here and get our roster set and get everybody as a full team. Those guys will come in on June 12."
Campbell said the latest to officially take a medical hardship is offensive lineman Jacob Homa. The Cyclones will likely make official other attrition in the coming weeks as other medical hardships are settled and the 2016 class official arrives in mid-June. Internally, at least, Iowa State is well set on its 85 scholarship players.