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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.





Mike Warren puts fumble out of mind for 100-yard performance

AMES - In the past Mike Warren let bad plays stick in his mind.

His effort the last several months have been to rid himself of the tendencies to dwell too long on plays gone wrong, like fumbles. That newfound philosophy was put to the test early ... »

Iowa State’s quarterback duo leads the way in rout of San Jose State

AMES - There wasn't much doubt of the outcome when Joel Lanning and Jacob Park took a minute to pause on the sideline.

Iowa State was running away to its first win of the season when quarterbacks coach Jim Hofher approached the pair. His question ... »

2-Minute Drill: Iowa State vs. San Jose State

Breaking down Iowa State (0-3) vs. San Jose State (1-2). Kickoff is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium (FSN).



There still is a long way to go for Iowa State's offensive line, but pro ... »

Iowa State hoping preparation meets opportunity for win against San Jose State

AMES - The education on culture and process hasn't stopped since Matt Campbell stepped foot on campus.

The players in the Iowa State locker room want to win, but the first-year Cyclones coach has made his point clear. Wanting to win and doing wh ... »

Dan McCarney ‘a huge support system’ for Matt Campbell, Iowa State football

AMES - There hasn't been a week go by during the college football season where Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell hasn't spoken to Dan McCarney in some capacity.

Sometimes it's Campbell dialing up the former Cyclones coach and other times it's McCarne ... »

Patience results in starting role for Iowa State offensive lineman Brian Seda

AMES - Brian Seda was always ready for the opportunity to come.

"I just go to practice and play as hard as I can every practice," Seda said. "If it came or didn't come, I was just here to help the team in any way possible."

Seda held tha ... »

Former greyshirt Mike Johnson goes from YMCA employee to Iowa State football starter

AMES - While the Iowa State football team slogged through a trying season two years ago, Mike Johnson was nearly 1,500 miles away wishing he could be there.

The redshirt freshman safety was signed as a member of the 2014 recruiting class and shoul ... »

Joel Lanning, Jacob Park will continue rotating at quarterback for Iowa State

AMES - What Iowa State will do with its quarterback position is a discussion likely to be open-ended for the foreseeable future.

Right now the solution is to use a two-quarterback system with junior Joel Lanning and sophomore Jacob Park switching ... »

Iowa State recognizes signs of progress in loss at TCU

AMES - College football is about results and not moral victories. The Iowa State football team is well aware of that.

Yet when a program has experienced eight wins in the last three seasons, was outscored 67 to 23 in its first two weeks against ... »

Iowa State offensive lineman Jaypee Philbert suspended indefinitely

AMES - The Iowa State offensive line will once again be shorthanded as it searches for consistency and growth.

Offensive tackle Jaypee Philbert has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team policies, an ISU spokesman confirmed Friday. Ph ... »