#72 Kelechi Osemele, OT, Iowa State
-Playing on an injured ankle.
-Controls RE with long arms.
-Beat on speed rush to the outside, slow on his kick step.
-Showing decent balance in the open field, making blocks at the 2nd level.
-Much better footwork, stays with the RE – easily fighting off defender’s hands.
-Cyclones running blur offense, not looking winded.
-Warding off Blatnick with his long arms.
-Allows Blatnick to get under him and around the edge, getting too wide.
-Punishing some defenders in the run game, good punch.
-Locks on to defender and roots him out of the play, so strong.
-Feet stalled, allowed defender to come on inside move and get some pressure.
-Picks up stunt well, good change of direction.
-Not reaching for guys to block in pass-protection, patient.
-Unsure of who to block, lets the inside man go free.
-Has blocked air on multiple occasions tonight.
-Reaches, gets off balance, misses on block.
-Decent game, but nothing overly impressive as we’re used to seeing.
#23 Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State
-Matched up on Blackmon the majority of the night.
-Getting obliterated in the run game by Blackmon.
-In press, gets crossed by Blackmon and can’t hang with him – had safety help.
-Giving Blackmon a variety of looks, both man and zone.
-Sticks with Blackmon on lazy route, Blackmon knew play wasn’t going his way.
-Right on Blackmon on go route, like glue.
-Has Blackmon dead to rights on WR screen, but misses tackle.
-Perfect coverage, but Blackmon high-points the ball and scores a TD.
-Covers Blackmon in man on 4th and 2, right on him.
-Talking some major trash to Blackmon after series.
-Gets called for questionable PI covering Blackmon, looked pretty close to being a great deflection.
-Jumps on loose ball for a fumble recovery.
-All over Blackmon on quick slant, doesn’t allow completion.
-Forces Blackmon, out of bounds in press.
-Tackles Blackmon for short gain after quick pass.
-Snags interception after diagnosing the route and breaking early.
-Johnson is really making himself known to whole nation tonight.
-Right on Blackmon again, nullified by false start.
-Blackmons gets an inch of separation on double move, picks up 28.
-Broken record alert, Johnson blanketed on Blackmon on deep route.
-Blackmon on Johnson – “The most physical corner I’ve seen.”
-An unreal game, solidified our view of him as a Top 100 prospect, might jump higher.
Others who flashed:
#20 Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State
#47 AJ Klein, LB, Iowa State
Both Cyclone linebackers showed great motors, as well as coverage and tackling skills. Super productive, they really impressed in each of the two games we’ve seen this year. Each should be in the running for the Top 150 prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.