Cyclone Country

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.





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 ... »

A closer look: Iowa State defensive line


Defensive end - J.D. Waggoner, jr., 6-3, 255; Mitchell Meyers, sr., 6-4, 255; Jhaustin Thomas, sr., 6-6, 275

Nose guard - Demond Tucker, sr., 6-0, 295; Robby Garcia, jr., ... »

Podcast: Cyclone Scoop talks fall camp, interviews commit Devon Moore

In this week's episode of The Cyclone Scoop on 1430 KASI, co-hosts Alex Halsted and Dylan Montz wrap up fall camp talk, including what the offensive line could look like without right tackle Jake Campos (broken leg) and who stood out during workouts. ... »

A closer look: Iowa State offensive line


FIRST UNIT: LT - Jaypee Philbert Jr., jr., 6-4, 310; LG - Nick Fett, sr., 6-7, 310; C - Brian Bobek, sr., 6-2, 290; RG - Patrick Scoggins, sr., 6-1, 295; RT - Julian Good-Jones, Rfr., 6-5, 295

SECOND UNIT: LT - Breion Creer, ... »

Julian Good-Jones hopes to help fill void as Iowa State’s starting right tackle

AMES - Julian Good-Jones knew he couldn't waste any time.

His number would be called sooner or later.

Working behind the scenes with the scout team last season as a redshirt, Good-Jones spent the bulk of last year learning how he could i ... »

A closer look: Iowa State running backs


RB - 1. Mike Warren, so., 6-0, 205; 2. David Montgomery, fr., 5-11, 222; 3. Kene Nwangwu, fr., 6-1, 188; 4. Mitchell Harger, sr., 5-10, 200; 5. Sheldon Cro ... »

Iowa State's Mike Warren ready to shoulder the load in 2016

AMES - With a rope tied around his arm and the football tucked tightly underneath, Mike Warren braced for impact.

He wasn't waiting for a defender trying to knock it free, however. It was Iowa State runnin ... »