Iowa State won’t change a lot of the offense, now that there’s video of Brock Purdy. The Cyclones will just try to perfect it.
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Towards the end of this video, you’ll see Kyle Kempt and Brock Purdy leaving the field together
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Yeah, it was cool — and inspiring, in this age of everyone thinking they’re an All-American and if they’re not playing enough, they’re probably transferring.
“That’s what we talked about in our Sunday meeting, that very point. Loyalty,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. “I think that’s really hard to find in our society today — especially in the world of college football.
“That’s what’s allowing our culture to push forward and make Iowa State a real football program. Those are the fabrics we’ve got to have. I appreciate the compassion both have shown. It’s tough to find that.”
Kempt has a 5-3 record in starts against the Big 12. Noland is 2-2. Purdy hasn’t started yet, but controlled the offense last Saturday.
“Here’s a guy, (Kempt) helping Zeb and helping Brock — it’s like he’s their personal quarterback coach,” Campbell said. “That’s what has allowed us to really grow as a football program. It doesn’t happen without Kyle. Without the way he’s carried himself, we’re nowhere near where we need to be as a football team.”
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Brock-tober? Chill for a while. If Iowa State sweeps the month of October for a second season in a row, then maybe. But let’s hold off until after West Virginia on Saturday and Texas Tech on Oct. 27.
“There’s a lot Brock can continue to clean up and work on,” Campbell said. “We’ll have to continue to do that, if we want to continue to get better, and he knows that. He’s a competitor.”
The Cyclones went 4-0 last October, and started this year’s bewitching with last Saturday’s victory in Stillwater.
Three of the five October wins have been against rated opponents — third-ranked Oklahoma and No. 4 TCU last season, and against a Cowboys outfit that entered last Saturday’s game ranked No. 21.
A buzz was going around the football complex Tuesday that Iowa State would finally pull out the black uniforms for Saturday night’s game. So if you’re curious …
It’s probably yes.
If someone asked receiver Tarique Milton which he would choose, the answer would be simple:
“I’d have to say the all-black, to be honest,” he said.
He swears he doesn’t know what the Cyclones will wear.
Although he was wonderful against Oklahoma State, Purdy is still very much a work in progress.
“He’s a young pup. He’s played one true college football game,” Campbell said during his weekly press conference. “There will be days that he will have to grind through it.”
Having another game like last Saturday’s might be a long shot, given that there’s finally video of the Cyclones’ new quarterback. Campbell hedged when I asked if the team’s offensive coordinator (Campbell, by default) would alter the playbook to counter the video evidence that everyone has.
“We’ve been here three years,” Campbell said. “We have a vast playbook; we do a lot of things. Our biggest thing is always trying to get ourselves to the point where we have the best opportunity to be successful on Saturday.
“We will continue to grow offensively. We’ve played five games, and really played four different offenses in a lot of ways. We’ll continue to give our football team the best opportunity to be successful.”
That means Purdy will be allowed to do his thing extending plays with his feet, moving the pocket and throwing downfield as much as West Virginia’s secondary allows.
Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been with the Register for parts of five decades. Randy writes opinion and analysis of Iowa State football and basketball. You can reach Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @RandyPete.
Source: Des Moines Register