Cyclone Country

Dylan Montz
I'm a native of Eastern Iowa. Born in Cedar Rapids and growing up in Mechanicsville, stepping into my role as a correspondent with The Gazette in August 2014 was almost like coming home. I'm a 2010 graduate of North Cedar and a 2014 Iowa State University grad. During my days at Iowa State, I wrote for the student publication, the Iowa State Daily and was also an intern at The Gazette in the summer of 2013. I'm always looking for feedback on my stories as well as what you, the readers, want to know. You can reach me on Twitter at @dylanmontz or by emailing me at Thanks for stopping by to check out the Cyclone Country blog.

Blog Posts

Ecby brings energy, big plays

AMES — During the last two weeks, ISU Coach Paul Rhoads issued Tad Ecby a challenge: Start bringing a high level of energy to the practice field.

Ecby paid attention to his coach, producing on Saturday in Iowa State’s 34 [...]

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Miscues doom Iowa State in Loss to Tech

AMES — Big plays, missed tackles, squandered opportunities. It all adds up and Iowa State once again suffered from all three.

Of all those miscues, a fake punt stands pretty tall.

Iowa State lost to Texas Tech, 34-31, Sat [...]

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Richardson ready to fire

AMES — There’s a reason Sam Richardson won and has held onto the starting quarterback job for Iowa State this season.

His more developed leadership role has been a key in helping the Cyclone offense improve throughout th [...]

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Cyclone 2-Minute Drill: Texas Tech


Although Iowa State’s running game has been spotty at times this season, senior Aaron Wimberly has begun to hit his stride. He has rushed for 232 yards in the last three games, averaging 6.3 yard [...]

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ISU tight end Bibbs continues to draw praise

AMES — Paul Rhoads often shies away from highlighting individuals. But in the case of tight end E.J. Bibbs, the ISU coach made an exception.

Rhoads stood in the front of the media at the Bergstrom Football Complex on Monday, ra [...]

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Cyclones pick up pace, beat Panthers


AMES — Iowa State Coach Fred Hoiberg preached it in the locker room at halftime. Playing with pace opens up the offense, and that message rang true for Iowa State.

All five of the Iowa State starters scored in double figure [...]

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Cyclones hope third time off bye week is the charm

AMES — Paul Rhoads didn’t shy away from it. The energy and expectations of the Iowa State program weren’t met in its last two games, and the final bye week of the season gave him and his team time to reflect on that.

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ISU women start in-state battles with Drake

AMES — When Iowa State looks at each of its three in-state rivalry games every season, the goal is simple: be the best team within the Iowa borders. Drake will be the first step in doing that.

The Cyclones and Bulldogs are set [...]

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Niang scores career high, hits career milestone in ISU win

AMES — He thought it was cool to hit the mark, but the accomplishment was just a dot on the spectrum of where he wants to take his team.

Georges Niang eclipsed the 1,000-point total in his career last night in Iowa State’ [...]

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Frustrated Richardson, Cyclones looking for positives

AMES — As frustrating as it was for Sam Richardson when the decision was made, it didn’t get any easier on game day.

The ISU junior quarterback and coaching staff determined Thursday, just two days before the Cyclones to [...]

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