One of the Big 12’s most dynamic skill position players has announced that he will not be leaving early for the NFL Draft. Iowa State receiver Allen Lazard will return to Ames for his senior season.
One last go around! pic.twitter.com/FgCBZW22nJ
— Allen Lazard (@AllenLazard) December 2, 2016
Lazard, who has received Big 12 honors since first stepping foot onto the field as a freshman in 2014, believes the Cyclones are building something special under coach Matt Campbell, and wants to help contribute to that one final time.
“Our football team made a lot of strides this past year. Coach Campbell has this program going in the right direction and the enthusiasm and excitement within the locker room is extremely high,” Lazard said in his statement on Twitter.
“I feel we are on the verge of something special here and I want to be along for the ride.”
The Cyclones final game didn’t go very well, but it’s clear to anyone paying attention, Iowa State is building something. Despite a rough start to the season, they never gave up, and they showed what their potential is in a 66-10 drubbing of Texas Tech in the second-to-last game of the season.
Lazard has only gotten better with each passing year, and he finishes the 2016 season 1,018 yards on 69 receptions and seven touchdowns. It’s his first time to cross the 1,000-yard barrier.
Cyclone fans should be very excited for 2017.