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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.





Iowa State men's basketball signs grad transfer Zoran Talley

AMES - Throughout his re-recruitment process, graduate transfer Zoran Talley saw Iowa State as something different. Something genuine.

When he decided to transfer out of the Old Dominion men's basketball program, the 6-foot-7 forward wanted a ch ... »

Georges Niang happy to be back in state

AMES - Returning to Iowa provides Georges Niang some reprieve from the rigors of an NBA lifestyle.

The challenging side of the business reared its head when the Indiana Pacers waived the former Iowa State standout last week, and an already plann ... »

Tom Herman focused on winning as Texas football coach

FRISCO, Texas - In the first team meeting Tom Herman held when he became the head football coach at Texas, he asked for a show of hands.

How many players in the locker room have been on a winning Longhorns football team? He scanned the room and ... »

Bob Stoops’ influence still part of Oklahoma, Big 12 football

FRISCO, Texas - The Big 12 Conference can barely remember a time when Bob Stoops wasn't part of the league.

Even a month after he announced he was stepping down as the Oklahoma football coach, Stoops' presence at Big 12 Football Media Days conti ... »

Iowa State’s Matt Campbell sees progress in rebuilding project

FRISCO, Texas - Turnarounds don't happen overnight, but once in awhile, there are hints that things are changing.

Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell saw things start to turn a positive corner this offseason.

#x201c;It's been really fun, ... »

Iowa State football depth chart: O-line, LB Marcel Spears stand out in Big 12 media days reveal

FRISCO, Texas - Twelve months after a cloud of uncertainty hung over the Iowa State offensive line, things have begun to clear.

It was anybody's guess who would be starting on the line, particularly in the first few weeks, and where they would b ... »

ISU point guard Lindell Wigginton arrives in Iowa ‘poised and humble’ amid expectations

WEST DES MOINES - Lindell Wigginton was always plugged in.

Even while he was competing with Team Canada at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in Cairo, Egypt, the Iowa State freshman point guard kept in constant contact with his teammates in Ames ... »

Iowa State tabbed 9th in Big 12 football race

AMES - The Iowa State football team was picked to finish ninth in the Big 12 preseason media poll, the league announced Thursday.

The Cyclones, who finished 3-9 last season with two conference wins in Coach Matt Campbell's first year, were selec ... »

ISU’s Solomon Young working on offense

WEST DES MOINES - Solomon Young finds himself in a unique position.

At 19 years old and going into just his second year with the Iowa State men's basketball team, he's already a veteran. His 4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game don't have the lo ... »

Iowa State’s Allen Lazard, Kamari Cotton-Moya earn Big 12 honor

AMES - Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard and safety Kamari Cotton-Moya have three things in common.

Both are seniors, wear No. 5 and were announced Monday as preseason all-Big 12 team selections.

The team was voted on by media.

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Former Iowa State DB Leonard Johnson hopes to turn cooking passion into post-NFL endeavor
AMES - Leonard Johnson made a deal with his buddies.While in college at Iowa State, just like most other students, Johnson was strapped for cash. So w ... »
Iowa State's Deshaunte Jones 'perfecting his craft'
AMES - It was 9 p.m. on a Friday night when Iowa State wide receivers coach Bryan Gasser heard something in the Bergstrom Football Complex. Gasser wa ... »