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Football

What’s the deal with Mike Warren?

Sep 24, 2016; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back Mike Warren (2) celebrates after his touchdown against the San Jose State Spartans at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

AMES, Iowa. — Week after week, people outside of the Iowa State football program have asked the same question — when will Mike Warren get rolling? Will the former freshman All-American find his footing, and role, on this year’s Iowa State squad?

The answers definitely didn’t come on Saturday in Iowa State’s 31-26 loss to Kansas State. Warren ran for 34 yards on just six carries. His first touch came during the second quarter.

Again: Where was Mike Warren?

“Well, we had a chance to win the football game,” Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell said. “Next question.”

Oh, well, okay then.

This was the first time Campbell had seemed legitimately abrasive when asked about his redshirt sophomore tailback. He didn’t give any response regarding Warren’s practice habits or his work ethic.

He simply said nothing.

“I think the rhythm of the game, us getting down a little bit — not that it jogged us out of it, but I did think we ran the ball,” Campbell said. “I don’t know what we were averaging per carry in the game, but I thought we were able to do some good things.”

Sep 24, 2016; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back David Montgomery (32) carries the football against the San Jose State Spartans at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2016; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back David Montgomery (32) carries the football against the San Jose State Spartans at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Most of those good things came from junior quarterback Joel Lanning, who led the team with 75 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown. True freshman David Montgomery led the running backs with nine carries for 39 yards.

The Cyclones couldn’t be expected to really live and die by the rushing attack on Saturday considering the fact they fell behind so early. That said, the silence surrounding Warren’s lack of usage is deafening.

“The running backs did good. Mike Warren had a few good runs and David got in there and did his thing,” Sophomore quarterback Jacob Park said. “I believe in all our running backs.”

Jared Stansbury

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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.