SPRING FOOTBALL: Q&A with David Montgomery

One of Matt Campbell’s program rules is that freshmen cannot speak to the media. On Thursday morning, soon-to-be sophomore running back David Montgomery stepped in front of reporters for the first time.

He’s a well-spoken, charismatic kid who was fantastic as a rookie in 2016. Montgomery averaged 5.2 yards per carry while rushing for 563 yards and two touchdowns along the way.

Here is a spring football Q&A with running back David Montgomery. 

Q: What was your freshman year like?

DM: “I liked it. I loved it actually. There was a lot that I had to pick up and learn but I did.”

Q: When did you arrive in Ames and how did you pick things up so quickly?

DM: I got here on June 13 and got right into film. I asked Coach Lou if I could do some extra work after that. I got to it fast and made sure that I had to get every down, down.”

Q: Some freshmen would come in and kind of blend in. What made you want to get ahead of things right away?

DM: “I’ve kind of been that way my whole life. I’ve always wanted to be ahead of the game. I really pushed myself to be better than I was the day before. I kind of came in here knowing that if I came in here and worked the right way I would be blessed to get an opportunity.”

Q: What kind of extra work did you get from Coach Lou?

DM: “He gave me formations to study. Different film to study, just simple basics. Then I kind of took it to another level as far as looking on YouTube how coverages work and how offenses work. I compared it to what we do so that’s how I got it done.”

Q: What are your goals this spring?

DM: “My goals this spring are to be a great team player. You would expect a running back to want all of the glory but nah, my line is great. The wide receivers are working. I want guys to be better.”

Q: When you first arrived in Ames, did you think that playing right away was a realistic option?

DM: “I was more so thinking, ‘Just come here to work, Dave.’ God has put everybody in certain situations that should be given to certain people so I thought that if I came up here and worked hard and worked my tail off that I would get an opportunity.”

Q: How do you approach this year differently, considering last year you were a freshman and this year, you’re considered to be the top dog?

DM: “I still have the same attitude. I can’t change just because I’m in a different position. It’s not even a competition in the running backs room. It’s more of a family base. We really push forward to make everybody better. I’m not against him. It’s more, ‘This is what we have to do to make each other better.’”

Q: How did Mike make you better last year?

DM: “Mike is great. He helped me a whole lot. Mike really pushed me to exalt confidence. He told me that everything would slow down. Now, he is pushing me the same way. He has always been a great team player to me.”

Q: What is a realistic expectation for you in your second year?

DM: “I just want to be more of a leader because I know what I am capable of and the coaches know what I am capable of.”

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.