NOTEBOOK: Takeaways from spring game


Senior wide receiver Albert Gary gets smashed between freshman linebackers Alton Meeks and Darius White in the spring game on April 20, 2013, at Jack Trice Stadium.

Dean Berhow-Goll

With the first and second-string offenses and defenses mixing and matching against one another, it may be near transparent to come away with individual performances, but here are a few things that happened at Iowa State’s annual spring game on Saturday, April 20, 2013. 

Bundrage grabs attention

Throughout the spring, coach Paul Rhoads and his staff have echoed they want to get their No. 1 receiver, Quenton Bundrage, as many touches as they can. 

At the same time, they’ve said they wanted him to clean up his play, as he would make a great play on one down, then come back and drop an easy catch the next. Both instances were visible Saturday.

“[We] wanted to do that, wanted to challenge him to do that,” Rhoads said. “We had certain plays called and planned to be called to get him that ball and see if he could not accomplish that and he did.”

Bundrage finished the game with three catches for 73 yards, including a 39-yard catch coming off a jail-break screen that would’ve been a score, had it not been for a horse-collar tackle inside the 5-yard line. He also had a drop that hit him in the hands coming over the middle, but the coaching staff and he both believe he’s made significant progress this spring.

“This spring I’ve definitely got a lot better since day one to now,” Bundrage said. “I think I had a solid game and played pretty good.” 

Willie Scott impresses 

Willie Scott, Iowa State’s defensive end who is suspended from competition, turned a few heads after making several plays in the spring game.

“I told the defensive staff, that guy has got to have a big year for us,” Rhoads said. “Need him to, expect him to, and he came out and showed that ability today.”

The Orlando, Fla., native finished the game with multiple tackles, a sack and even an interception on quarterback Sam Richardson on the sideline as Richardson was scrambling on the right side.

“I dropped to the boundary and basically kind of faked the quarterback out a little bit like I was going to run up to him,” Scott said. “He threw it and I just stood there and caught it.”