Iowa State football: Allen Lazard climbs ESPN true freshman rankings


Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard is currently ranked fifth in the ESPN Big 12 blog’s top 10 true freshman rankings.

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Here’s what the blog had to say (the post was written by Jake Trotter) about Lazard moving up two spots from last week’s seventh-ranked spot:

"Lazard led the Cyclones in receiving in their 20-17 victory over the Hawkeyes. He also hauled in a key pass on Iowa State’s game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter. With Quenton Bundrage out for the season, Lazard has taken over as Iowa State’s go-to receiver on the outside."

Lazard will indeed be the go-to guy on the sides of the offense unless Dondre Daley develops into the guy, but he hasn’t been seen much since the season opener against North Dakota State. Right now, Daley is only above Brett Medders in receiving yards, and Medders didn’t register a catch until the Iowa game.

Daley has 7 catches for 53 yards. In comparison, Lazard leads the team with 143 yards on 9 receptions.

Baylor wide receiver K.D. Cannon tops the true freshman list, in large part because four of the Bears’ top receivers have been dealing with injuries in their first three games. He actually leads the nation with 471 receiving yards.

Another Cyclone true freshman is also on the fringe of making the list. Punter Colin Dowling has made a significant impact on the team, making the transition from a great punter like Kirby Van Der Kamp less painful. The freshman has been pinpointing punts with success and has at times been the offenses’s best weapon, similar to Van Der Kamp. Head coach Paul Rhoads has had nothing but praise for the punter since fall camp.