Notebook: Matt Campbell speaks on injuries, Mackenro Alexander, Allen Lazard

Iowa State defensive back Kamari Cotton-Moya argues a call during the Cyclones’ first game of the season against UNI on Sept. 2, 2017. The Cyclones defeated the Panthers 42-24.

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Coach Matt Campbell took the podium this afternoon for about 20 minutes to address the upcoming matchup against Akron and last weekend against Iowa.

There were three key points to his press conference that were worth noting.


It’s becoming that time of the season when teams have gone two weeks in the regular season and a handful of the players are feeling the bumps and bruises. Campbell spoke about a couple key secondary players on Iowa State’s defense.

Redshirt senior Kamari Cotton-Moya left the field early in the fourth quarter of the Iowa game last weekend holding his arm. He looked to be in discomfort on the sidelines, so he picked up his helmet and had his family come with him to the locker room.

Campbell said it was a shoulder injury in the postgame conference on Saturday afternoon, but clarified the injury to be in his elbow in today’s press conference.

“I think Kamari [Cotton-Moya] is day-to-day as of now,” Campbell said. “The biggest thing right now is to see if we can get him to play by Saturday, but I don’t know if that’s the case. He looked pretty good yesterday.”

Cotton-Moya is one of the captains for the team and is the vocal leader for the secondary of Iowa State’s defense.

Cotton-Moya may be questionable this upcoming weekend, but the Cyclones are adding a key player to its’ secondary with strong safety redshirt senior Reggie Wilkerson.

He left the Northern Iowa game with a tweaked hamstring, but couldn’t recover from it last week for the Iowa game. After a weekend’s rest, Wilkerson will be available and starting for the game against Akron.

Mackenro Alexander

There hadn’t been much for updates from Campbell about the status of Mackenro Alexander, the redshirt senior linebacker, but Campbell added a little more to the topic.

“I think the only thing that has remotely changed is that he’s back in our building,” Campbell said. “He’s working with us. I don’t think he’ll be available this upcoming weekend, just waiting for the some of the legal pieces to sort itself out.”

Alexander was arrested on Friday, August 25th, with multiple charges including assault with injury. Campbell has been letting the university and the police officials go through their process with students before the athletic department makes any type of decision on the student-athlete.

Another record for Allen Lazard

Senior wide receiver Allen Lazard has been on a streak these past couple weeks to start off the season with setting new Iowa State records, but this time he broke an NCAA record.

Lazard is the current active career leader for having at least one reception in the last 37 straight games. This streak dates back to his freshman year in his first game as a Cyclone.

He caught one pass against North Dakota State in 2014 and has been one of the biggest targets for Iowa State quarterbacks ever since.

Lazard broke Todd Blythe’s record for most receptions in Iowa State football history, 176, two weekends ago against Northern Iowa. Currently, Lazard is at 184 receptions.

The next record in sight is Blythe’s school record for receiving yards in a career.