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Dylan Montz

I'm a native of Eastern Iowa. Born in Cedar Rapids and growing up in Mechanicsville, stepping into my role as a correspondent with The Gazette in August 2014 was almost like coming home. I'm a 2010 graduate of North Cedar and a 2014 Iowa State University grad. During my days at Iowa State, I wrote for the student publication, the Iowa State Daily and was also an intern at The Gazette in the summer of 2013. I'm always looking for feedback on my stories as well as what you, the readers, want to know. You can reach me on Twitter at @dylanmontz or by emailing me at Thanks for stopping by to check out the Cyclone Country blog.





A closer look: Iowa State quarterbacks


QB - Joel Lanning, jr., 6-2, 225; Jacob Park, so., 6-4, 205; Kyle Kempt, jr., 6-5, 220; Kyle Starcevich, so., 6-3, 220

NEXT MAN IN: D-I transfers waiting in the wings

Junior Joel ... »

When things get tough, Iowa State QB Joel Lanning is out front

AMES - If you're peering into the Iowa State huddle expecting Joel Lanning to be giving the rah-rah speech to his guys, you won't see it.

That's not his style.

The junior quarterback has never been one to get in anybody's face, and as far as ... »

Specialists Netten, Downing forge closer bond in third year together at Iowa State

AMES - Cole Netten and Colin Downing always have been close.

Specialists spend lots of time together and Iowa State's kicker and punter are no exception.

But this go around has been different. There has been an added bond forged and it exten ... »

Iowa State’s Willie Harvey fights through fall camp sickness to elevate game

AMES - Willie Harvey likes to always play fast and physical, but was forced to take things a bit slower in fall camp.

Iowa State's sophomore linebacker missed the first five days of camp with the flu and couldn't get any physical reps. For that, ... »

ISU's Josh Jahlas, Jack Spreen on scholarship

AMES - The Iowa State football team is placing seniors Josh Jahlas and Jack Spreen on scholarship for the upcoming season, the school announced Thursday.

Jahlas, who prepped at Cedar Rapids Kennedy and had no Division-I offers coming out of high ... »

A closer look: Iowa State secondary


Star - D'Andre Payne, so., 5-10, 190; Thadd Daniels, jr., 6-1, 205

LS - Kamari Cotton-Moya, jr., 6-1, 200; De'Monte Ruth, so., 5-9, 174

RS - Mike Johnson, Rfr., 5-11, 195; Evrett Edwards, jr., 5-1 ... »

D’Andre Payne motivated through path back to Division I football

AMES - There was heaviness in D'Andre Payne's voice as he described what it was like to spend a year away from football.

Nothing about it was easy. Phone calls home to his dad were a pick-me-up, but he knew he had to ride out the hardship.

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A closer look: Iowa State wide receivers/tight ends


WR-X: Allen Lazard, jr., 6-5, 223; Hakeem Butler, Rfr., 6-6, 210

WR-Z: Dondre Daley, sr., 6-2, 195; Carson Epps, so., 6-1, 205

WR-M: Trever Ryen, ... »

Where will Iowa State use Allen Lazard?

AMES - Size, skill and an instinctive nature are attributes college football players strive to achieve. Even just one of those can carry someone pretty far.

Allen Lazard happens to have all three, and it didn't take long for his coaches to notic ... »

Demond Tucker channeling confidence in Iowa State's new defensive scheme

AMES - Bravado is just a part of Demond Tucker's game. It's as normal as pursuing the quarterback.

The senior defensive tackle recently asked his 2,500 Twitter followers what he should do when he inevitably sacks the quarterback. His head coach ... »