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

ISU Notebook: Cyclones take home weekly hardware

AMES — Just a couple days after taking the Cy-Hawk trophy home to Ames for its win against Iowa, Iowa State nearly swept the individual Big 12 weekly awards.

Sophomore kicker Cole Netten was named the Big 12 Special Teams Playe [...]

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ISU’s Gannon: “I realized football wasn’t the problem”

AMES — Jacob Gannon thought he was done with football. He felt the stress and pressure playing the game he loved had resulted in a panic attack and the healthy thing to do was to walk away from the team.

Gannon learned it was s [...]

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Rhoads doesn’t need outside noise to know ‘it’s a huge game’

AMES — It may be a week filled with fans of Iowa and Iowa State engaging nonstop in Cy-Hawk rivalry debates and conversations, but Paul Rhoads isn’t paying attention to the outside noise.

All he knows is what is going on [...]

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Five keys to an ISU victory

1. Establish consistency in the running game. Iowa State will have to find a way to run the football to succeed on offense. The Cyclones haven’t produced big numbers running the ball and backs Aaron Wimberly and DeVondrick Nealy, as well as [...]

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ISU’s Miller makes switch to the middle

AMES — After each game, Iowa State football coaches put together performance-grading sheets determining how well each member of the team played.

In Jevohn Miller’s case, he was feeling pretty good after looking at his sheet, co [...]

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Cyclones’ West scores on the ground, through the air

AMES — It was the play call Jarvis West had been waiting for all day.

Already having a productive day with a 17-yard touchdown reception and an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown, West’s number was called again. This time, tho [...]

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ISU notebook: Cyclones shift linebackers

AMES — Jevohn Miller knows what he has to do, but he feels comfortable with where he’s at.

The senior linebacker, who was tabbed as the starting weak side linebacker, slid into the starting middle linebacker spot against Kansas [...]

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Feel-good win slips through Cyclones’ fingers

AMES — Paul Rhoads walked into the Bergstrom Football Complex still waiting for an explanation.

With Iowa State leading 28-13 after scoring 28 unanswered points in a Big 12 football game Saturday, Kansas State called timeout wi [...]

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Waters finally gets chance to play at Jack Trice

By Dylan Montz, correspondent

AMES — Coming off a junior college national championship at Iowa Western in 2012, Aaron Wimberly and Jake Waters were as close as brothers.

Wimberly, a running back from Snellville, Ga., and [...]

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Iowa State tackle Gannon leaves program

AMES — The shake-up on the offensive line will continue for Iowa State heading into its game Saturday against Kansas State.

Starting right tackle Jacob Gannon has left the ISU football team for “personal reasons” [...]

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