Notebook: Darian Cotton concussion, Saturday’s scrimmage


Photo: Huiling Wu/ Iowa State Daily

Defensive back Darian Cotton talks to teammates during the Saturday, Sept. 1, game against Tulsa at Jack Trice Stadium.

Luke Manderfeld

Darian Cotton suffers concussion

Redshirt senior strong safety Darian Cotton suffered a concussion last Thursday, ISU football head coach Paul Rhoads said on Monday.

He was unable to participate in the Cyclones’ first fall scrimmage on Saturday and has yet to return to practice.

“We though he was close [to returning] and started some symptoms yesterday with physical activity sort of prolonged his returned,” Rhoads said.

Cotton is listed second on the pre-fall camp depth chart for the strong safety position behind redshirt senior Qujuan Floyd.

Cotton tallied 27 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss last season while playing in 12 games.

Paul Rhoads on first scrimmage

ISU football head coach Paul Rhoads didn’t beat around the bush when asked about Iowa State’s first scrimmage on Saturday, saying that the offense looked a lot “fresher” than the defense.

“In camp, the legs come and go a couple of times,” Rhoads said. “They usually, even though they are on the field at the same time, one side of the ball goes faster than the other side of the ball. I thought this particular round the offense was where the legs were a little bit.”

The team scrimmaged through 165 plays during the hot temperatures.