As is often the case when a new head coach takes over a college football program, the slate has been wiped clean at Iowa State by new head coach Matt Campbell.
“Everybody starts with a clean slate, with no preconceived notions,” Campbell said Tuesday. “We’ve said that from day one — allow these guys to start from scratch and really allow them to see what they look like over a period of time.”
Most teams will release a depth chart once spring football practices open, but Campbell opened his first Iowa State spring practice without releasing any such depth chart. That drives home the idea that everybody is competing for playing time and being given a true clean slate before nay decisions are made by the coaching staff.
“There are some guys that have stood out,” Campbell said of winter conditioning drills. “For me to give names right now I think is unfair until we see practice. I think some guys really did some great things in winter conditioning.”
Campbell is expected to bring a run-heavy focus to the Iowa State offense, just as he worked with at his previous stop in Toledo. That may take some time to come together though because the Cyclones are revamping their entire offensive line with the notable exception of one player. Iowa State’s offensive line loses players that started a combined 111 games and right now is working without junior Jake Campos following hip surgery. Mike Warren figures to be a key player in Iowa State’s offense again this season no matter how long it takes the offensive line to gel. As a freshman in 2015, Warren rushed for a team-high 1,339 yards and was second on the team with five rushing touchdowns. Joshua Thomas, also a freshman in 2015, contributed on the ground last season as well with a team-high seven touchdowns.
Sean Lewis‘ first staff at Kent State will come armed with a famous coaching surname.
The football program announced Monday that Lewis has hired a total of six new assistants. One of the coaching sextet is Mackey MacPherson, the grandson of former Syracuse head coach Dick MacPherson.
The younger MacPherson will coach the Golden Flashes running backs after spending the past two seasons as an offensive graduate assistant with the Orange. Both Lewis and MacPherson were on Dino Babers‘ staff at the ‘Cuse.
The other full-time assistant hired by Lewis are as follows:
Zac Barton — special teams coordinator
Brian Cochran — defensive line
Jon Cooley — safeties coach
Matt Middleton — wide receivers coach
Bill O’Boyle — offensive line
Nearly two weeks ago, Lewis announced the hiring of his coordinators on both sides of the ball.
There’s a new leader in the clubhouse for “Early Entrant With the Most Vowels in his Surname.”
On his personal Twitter account over the weekend, Joel Iyiegbuniwe announced that he is leaving Western Kentucky early and making himself available for the April NFL draft. The linebacker, a native of Bowling Green, Kent., stated that he came to his decision “[a]fter much thought, prayer and discussion with my family, coaches and advisors.”
This past season, Iyiegbuniwe led the Hilltoppers in tackles with 117, tackles for loss with 11.5 and forced fumbles with three. He was named first-team All-Conference USA following the regular season.
Including last season, Iyiegbuniwe had started 27 straight games at outside linebacker for the Hilltoppers.
Today is the deadline for draft-eligible players to inform the NFL of their intentions.
One day after Woody Barrett announced that he has found a new college football home, the school has confirmed as much.
Kent State sent out a press release Monday evening acknowledging that Barrett has signed with the football program. After spending the 2017 season at a Mississippi junior college, the quarterback will be eligible to play immediately in 2018.
Counting this coming season, Barrett will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“We’re excited about Woody’s potential, his ability and his raw tools both throwing and running the football,” new Golden Flashes head coach Sean Lewis said in a statement. “And we’re excited to have him on campus to be training with our team as we get ready for spring ball.”
A four-star member of Auburn’s 2016 recruiting class, Barrett was rated as the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the country that cycle. He took a redshirt as a true freshman, then opted to transfer from the Tigers in May of last year, ultimately ending up at the JUCO level.
At Copiah-Lincoln Community College this past season, Barrett passed for 1,294 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games, adding another 485 and six on the ground.
One hole on Jim Harbaugh‘s coaching staff has been filled.
The football program confirmed Monday that Sherrone Moore has been hired and will serve as Harbaugh’s tight ends coach. Moore will replace Greg Frey, who moved on to a job on Willie Taggart‘s staff at Florida State.
The 31-year-old Moore — he’ll turn 32 in early February — spent the past four seasons coaching tight ends at Central Michigan. This past season, he added the title of assistant head coach as well as taking over as the MAC program’s recruiting coordinator.
Moore began his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at Louisville from 2009-12. He was promoted to tight ends coach in 2012, spending that season as well as 2013 in that role.