United Real Estate Professionals in Ames and Des Moines presents Fight With Might Thursday, today’s look at some of the top stories related to Iowa State athletics and recruiting. Call 515-509-2344 or visit unitedrealestateprofessionals.com.
They both wear No. 5 and they are both arguably the best Iowa State player on their respective sides of the line of scrimmage. And now seniors Allen Lazard and Kamari Cotton-Moya have something else in common: they are both pre-season AP All-Big 12 selections. Media that cover Big 12 football voted for the AP all-league team.
Lazard had 69 receptions for over 1,000 yards as a junior and figures to be one of the nation’s best college receivers in 2017. Lazard needs seven receptions and 677 receiving yards this fall to become the all-time Cyclone career leader in both categories.
Cotton-Moya led ISU in solo tackles in 2016 with 58, ranking sixth in the Big 12 and 12th nationally. He is Iowa State’s active leader in career tackles with 190. Cotton-Moya had a total of three takeaways last fall, including two interceptions. He returned one of those picks 48 yards for a touchdown in I-State’s 66-10 win over Texas Tech.
Iowa State punter Colin Downing has been named to the Ray Guy Award pre-season watch list for a third consecutive year.
Downing is a senior from Whitefish Bay (Wisc.) that has been ISU’s No. 1 punter since he arrived for the 2014 season. He averaged 41.1 yards per punt a season again and had 23 boots downed inside the 20-yard line. Downing uncorked eight punts of 50 yards or more a year ago, including a career-best 67-yarder.
The Ray Guy Award has been presented annually since 2000 to the top collegiate punter in the nation.
Former Iowa State basketball players continue to make their mark in the NBA summer league.
Monte Morris has scored 22 points with nine assists and only one turnover in his last two games with the Denver Nuggets summer squad. Morris was a second-round selection of the Nuggets in the NBA draft.
And Matt Thomas scored 10 points for the Los Angeles Lakers summer league team on Wednesday. Thomas made 4-of-5 shots from the field and scored seven of the Lakers’ first eleven points in the game.
The daughter of an Iowa State men’s basketball assistant coach has committed to play volleyball at Wisconsin.
Devyn Robinson, a sophomore-to-be at Ankeny (Iowa) Centennial High School, is the daughter of Cyclone assistant coach Daniyal Robinson. She committed to play volleyball for the Badgers earlier this week according to multiple media reports.
Robinson is a 6-foot-1 middle blocker. Wisconsin was an Elite Eight team in last year’s NCAA volleyball tournament.
Reese Strickland USA Today