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AMES, Ia. — Fresh off Iowa State’s resounding first Big 12 Conference win of the season, head coach Matt Campbell met with the media Tuesday in advance of the Cyclones’ game at West Virginia.
And, given the way the Mountaineers played 11th-ranked Texas tough last weekend, this game in Morgantown may be tougher than many thought entering the season.
“A football team that’s certainly playing really inspired,” Campbell said. “Their kids are playing really, really hard, and they’re obviously a skilled football team.”
The biggest news from Campbell’s press conference? Injury updates.
He said safety Greg Eisworth practiced Monday and that he is “probable” for Saturday’s 3 p.m. game. That’s good news for the Cyclones, whose defense dropped a notch after Eisworth left the TCU game with his injury.
“We’ll see how he progresses throughout the week,” Campbell said.
Campbell also said Colin Newell is healthy and ready to play. That was the case last week, too, but Campbell said he wasn’t comfortable putting him into game action yet. Iowa State’s starting center injured his knee in the third overtime against Northern Iowa and has been out since.
We’ll see if Newell starts right away. Collin Olson has started the past four games at center and has done well.
“He practiced all last week,” Campbell said of Newell. “I just didn’t feel comfortable with him being ready to go totally last week as we went through warmups.
“Other than that, I think we’re pretty much at full strength.”
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.
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