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Cyclone Fanatic is counting down the days until Iowa State’s season opener against Northern Iowa by bringing you a stat, former Cyclone moment or any other random tidbits every morning to help countdown the days.

No. 36 – Dondre Daley’s longest catch in 2015

Few Iowa State football players could be primed for a bigger jump in production in 2016 than senior wide receiver Dondre Daley.

The 6-foot-1-inch, 187-pound, Tarpon Springs, Fla., native is expected to step into a role as one of Iowa State’s top pass catchers after the receiving corp was hit hard by attrition and graduation. Last season, Daley caught 24 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games.

His first touchdown and longest catch of the year came in the season opener against UNI when he snagged a 36-yard pass from Sam Richardson. He finished the season fifth on the team in receptions and receiving yards.

Daley has shown flashes over the last two seasons of having big play ability, including the touchdown catch against UNI.

If he’s able to bring that to the table consistently in 2016, Iowa State’s offense will be better off for it. 

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.