Iowa State will be among the five teams to meet with media members Monday at the first day of the Big 12’s media days.
Matt Campbell will speak to reporters Monday morning. The Cyclones also will be represented by All-Big 12 receiver Allen Lazard, middle linebacker Joel Lanning, tackle Jake Campos and cornerback Brian Peavy.
Here are some of the questions that Campbell and his team can look for:
How has Jacob Park reacted to being tabbed as ISU’s starting quarterback?
The former Georgia transfer entered the program with more acclaim than any quarterback in recent history. He showed flashes last season. Can that continue as the undisputed choice?
How will former QB Joel Lanning taken to the new position at linebacker?
Lanning was known as “Lan Ram” because of the way he delighted in running over defenders. But with Park’s emergence, Lanning will be switched to defense. His leadership will be critical in the Cyclones’ defensive development. How will he accept his new role? And how much will he enjoy hitting rival offensive teams than absorbing tackles in the past?
ISU’s underrated running game serve as its offensive foundation?
Returning running backs Mike Warren and David Montgomery will share carries this season. After both showed flashes last season, it will be interesting to see if Campbell designates either of them as a starter. And for all of the talk of his running backs, a new offensive line featuring three high transfers as likely starters remains a concern.
How much of an emphasis has Campbell placed on starting faster in 2017?
Campbell’s team had an inauspicious beginning in his first season with a miserable 0-3 start. Losses to Northern Iowa and Iowa provided early doubt in Campbell’s leadership. In his second season, will Campbell note them to his team? And probably often.
What did last season’s fast finish do for ISU’s confidence?
Campbell’s team could have cratered last season after blowing potential upsets with fourth-quarter collapses against Baylor and Oklahoma State. But the Cyclones rebounded nicely with a key triumph at Kansas, followed by pounding Texas Tech late last season. What has Campbell done to improve his team’s ability to close games?