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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 football notes: Cyclones piecing together offensive line with experience, youth

IOWA FALLS - Iowa State and its offensive line are caught in the middle of the growing process.

Veterans like right tackle Jake Campos and incoming Michigan graduate transfer guard David Dawson calm some nerves. Young talents like ... »

Michael Jacobson brings rebounding, experience to Iowa State basketball

IOWA FALLS - Michael Jacobson looked for two things once he decided to transfer.

Joining a winning culture and developing close relationships with his new coaches were the most important things. It just so happened that his home state provided bot ... »

Iowa State’s Matt Campbell sees new NCAA recruiting legislation as ‘helpful’

HARLAN - Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell has been a proponent of an early signing period dating back to his tenure at Toledo.

Last week, the Collegiate Commissioners Association made it happen.

Beginning on Dec. 20, 2017 there will b ... »

Iowa State’s Ray Kasongo likely to transfer

Ray Kasongo's Iowa State career might be over before it truly starts.

Kasongo, who transferred to Iowa State last summer, sat out last year per NCAA transfer rules and is likely to leave Ames in the near future. Men's basketball coach Steve Prohm ... »

Princeton transfer Hans Brase putting injuries behind him in fresh start with Iowa State

HARLAN - Highlights featuring two-time NBA All-Star Baron Davis had Iowa State men's basketball coach Steve Prohm feeling optimistic about the newest addition to his team.

Within minutes of arriving at the first stop of the annual Cyclone Tailga ... »

Graduate transfers shaping Iowa State men’s basketball roster

WEST DES MOINES - Filling seven scholarships in one year isn't ideal. Iowa State men's basketball coach Steve Prohm and his staff had to be diligent in the transfer market to not only identify who team needs are, but also who would be a good fit in the ... »

UTSA grad transfer Jeff Beverly hopes to be veteran communicator for Cyclones

AMES - Jeff Beverly remembers it clearly.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was in Hilton Coliseum in November 2013 in a non-conference matchup. It was Beverly's second college game, and he went off for 14 points with three 3-pointers and eight rebounds. ... »

Iowa State basketball snags UTSA grad transfer Jeff Beverly

AMES - The Iowa State men's basketball team has navigated the transfer market in search of some front court help.

UTSA graduate transfer Jeff Beverly will be an immediate asset.

Beverly, who committed to the Cyclones on Thursday night, w ... »

Darius McNeill another ‘versatile’ option at guard for Iowa State

AMES - Darius McNeill knew only one way to develop his shot.

Shoot, shoot and shoot. And when he felt like he shot enough, he'd shoot more.

#x201c;After (my team does) weight training, I just shoot on the gun and get about 500 (shots up),#x2 ... »

Iowa State’s NFL draft prospects in the mix for late-round selection, free agency

AMES - The NFL Draft hasn't been especially kind to Iowa State football.

There have been high points in recent memory like Sage Rosenfels, Ellis Hobbs, Kelechi Osemele and A.J. Klein, who have all produced lengthy pro careers after being drafted. ... »

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 ... »