Lindy’s names Lazard top Big 12 newcomer

The Allen Lazard hype machine has gone national. 

Iowa State’s true freshman wide receiver has been tabbed as the Big 12’s preseason "Newcomer of the Year" in Lindy’s annual summer-release publication. 

"With the lack of depth in Ames, the tall receiver should be able to make an immediate impact for Iowa State," Lindy’s blurb on Lazard read. He is a very good route runner and has surprising speed for his size."

The Lazard love is especially interesting considering that it will be an uphill climb for the talented wide out to even start at Iowa State this fall. 

Lack of depth in Ames? I guess that depends on who you ask. Paul Rhoads has stated numerous times during the offseason about how wide receiver is Iowa State’s deepest position. 

Hopefully Lindy’s is right though. Lazard would have to put up some pretty sweet numbers to actually land this award. If he does that, Iowa State’s bowl chances will increase significantly. 

Notably, Lindy’s also ranked Lazard as the seventh best recruit to sign with a Big 12 team last February. 

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.