Michigan offensive lineman David Dawson announced shortly after the Wolverines’ Orange Bowl loss to Florida State he would seek a home elsewhere, and now he has found that home.
Dawson announced Sunday through his Twitter account he will undergo a graduate transfer to Iowa State for the 2017 season.
“I would like to thank God for granting me another opportunity to play the game that I love and also allowing me to meet such a great staff and team at Iowa State!,” he wrote. “I’m proud to announce that I will finish my college career in Ames, IA.”
Dawson was a career reserve in Ann Arbor, logging 12 career games in maize and blue, according to MLive.
The Cyclones can use all the help they can get, though. Iowa State finished 80th nationally in yards per carry and tied for 97th in sacks allowed in 2016, and lose four offensive line starters to graduation.
Coaches and players often say the, uh, free expression of today’s social media age is one of the hardest things about participating in college football. Not only can anyone who watches a game critique every thing you do, they can let you know they’re critiquing everything you do.
Former Iowa State kicker Cole Netten received his share of negative tweets but he, as the kids say, is letting his haters be his motivators. Netten produced an 81-second video of negative tweets and stories he’s received over the course of his career.
Netten, by the way, concluded his college career by finishing third in college football after knocking in 16-of-17 field goal attempts and 35-of-37 extra point attempts. He was named to the Associated Press’s All-Big 12 first team.
The Big 12 pulled back the curtain on the 2017 conference schedule, a nine-game conference scheduling format now complete with a conference championship game. The 2017 Big 12 schedule has set the date for the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday, December 2.
Because the Big 12 does not have a division format, the Big 12 will place the top two teams in conference play in the conference championship game, which will return to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium will host the Big 12 title game through 2021). So, if this model was in place for the 2016 season, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State would have played two weeks in a row. The Sooners and Cowboys played the regular season finale in a de facto Big 12 championship game as the top two teams in the Big 12, which Oklahoma won. So the Sooners would have had to win the outright regular season championship and then beat the same team once more the following week in order to officially be crowned Big 12 champion. But hey, one true champion. Right?
Some notes from the Big 12 conference schedule for 2017:
- Big 12 play opens on September 23 with West Virginia at Kansas, Oklahoma at Baylor and TCU at Oklahoma State
- Oklahoma-Texas is on October 14
- Texas vs. Baylor on October 28 (New coaches Tom Herman vs. Matt Rhule for the first time since 2015 AAC Championship Game)
- Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State on November 4. No more Bedlam in the final game of the season? Boo.
- Texas vs. Kansas on November 11. The extremely rare revenge game for the Longhorns.
- Oklahoma vs. West Virginia on November 25.
You can see and review the entire 2017 Big 12 schedule HERE. Once TV partners start to get involved, some dates are likely to change once games are selected for Thursday or Friday night broadcasts.
Amidst the beginning wave of early departures for the NFL, Iowa State has staved of attrition on that front.
In a missive posted to his personal Twitter account, Allen Lazard announced that, “after discussing my options with my family and coaching staff, I have decided to return for my senior year.” His reasoning for eschewing the NFL for another year? “”I feel we’re on the verge of something special here and I want to be along for the ride.”
The move doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as the 6-5, 233-pound wide receiver had indicated earlier in the season that he was leaning toward returning.
After finishing second his freshman season, Lazard has led the Cyclones in receiving each of the past two seasons. This past season in particular, Lazard was the primary focus of ISU’s passing attack. Lazard’s 69 receptions for 1,018 yards was far and away tops on the team. Next up? The 37 catches from Deshaunte Jones and Trever Ryen, and Jones’ 536 yards.
ISU went 3-9 in Matt Campbell‘s first season in Ames. This marks the fourth consecutive season in which the Cyclones have failed to reach a bowl game.
Not surprisingly, the revival of the the Big 12 championship game will take place in a Lone Star State football palace.
Friday morning, the Big 12 announced that AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, has won the bid to host the league’s title game beginning in 2017. The home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys will also host the game from 2018-2021.
Kansas City and San Antonio had bid on hosting the game.
“There is great anticipation with the return of the Big 12 Football Championship and we look forward to hosting the event in AT&T Stadium for the next five years,” said commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “The building is a state of the art facility and offers many amenities that will be enjoyed by our institutions and fans.”
The same stadium had played host to the last two Big 12 championship games in 2009 and 2010 before it was abandoned amidst conference expansion. Kansas City was the host five times (2008, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2000) and San Antonio three times (2007, 1999, 1997).
It was announced in June of this year that the title game would return for the 2017 season. Last month, it was confirmed that he teams with the best and second-best record in conference play will square off in the championship game instead of splitting the league into two divisions.