AMES – Iowa State Cyclone star wide receiver Allen Lazard says something special is brewing in Ames under new head coach Matt Campbell, and he wants to return for his senior season to be a part of it.
“Our football team made a lot of strides this past year,” Lazard said in a statement today. Despite finishing 3-9 overall and 9th in Big 12, the Cyclones were in several close games against top-notch competition.
“Coach Campbell has this program going in the right direction and the enthu-siasm and excitement within the locker room is extremely high. I feel we are on the verge of something special here and I want to be along for the ride. With that being said, after discussing my options with my family and the coaching staff, I have decided to return for my senior year at Iowa State,” Lazard continued.
“We have a lot of work to do, but I promise you we have already I AI starting preparing for the 2017 season. Thank you Cyclone Nation for all of your support. You are the greatest fanbase in the nation and I can’t wait to see everyone again in Jack Trice Stadium next season!”
The Cyclones, playing in the stacked Big 12 Conference, can expect another tough schedule next season.
A native of Urbandale, Iowa, Lazard saw his draft stock rise after producing one of the greatest seasons by a wide receiver in school history in 2016. Lazard led the team in receptions (69), receiving yards (1,018) and touchdown catches (7).
Lazard became the fourth member of the 1,000-yard receiving club, ranking third on ISU’s season list with 1,018 yards. He also recorded 69 receptions to rank second in the history of ISU football.
Lazard’s consistency at the end of the season coincided with the emergence of Jacob Park at quarterback. In his last five games, Lazard averaged 7.0 receptions, 114.0 yards and totaled three touchdown receptions.
He finished the year with a school-record six 100-yard receiving games and joined All-Americans Jim Doran (1950) and Tracy Henderson (1983-84) as the only three Cyclones to record three-straight 100-yard receiving outings.
With his return in 2017, Lazard will set his sights on a number of Iowa State career receiving marks. He currently ranks second in touchdown catches (16), second in receptions (170) and third in receiving yards (2,419).
Former All-Big 12 receiver Todd Blythe (2004-07) is the current record-holder in all three career categories: touchdown receptions (31), receptions (176) and receiving yards (3,096).
Lazard has caught a pass in a school-record 35 consecutive games.