Matt Campbell addresses DB/LB Mackenro Alexander’s arrest

Sep 17, 2016; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell points to a football spot after a play in the second quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

AMES — Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell said Friday night it’s too soon to comment on what linebacker/defensive back Mackenro Alexander’s status is with the team.

Alexander, according to the Ames Tribune and multiple sources, was arrested earlier Friday. He faces several charges, including two counts of assault with injury.

“We knew it,” Campbell said of the situation. “It’s something that everybody’s been up front about. It wasn’t a surprise and really it’s a situation that I don’t even know if we know enough about it, to be honest with you. He’s been really up front and honest and we’ll let the school policies handle the situation and then we’ll make a really good decision on it.”

Alexander is listed as No. 2 at both the star position and outside linebacker on the Cyclones’ fall camp depth chart.

“He called me right when it happened and we addressed it,” Campbell said. “Kind of working with the school right now to figure out all the parameters on it and we’ll go from there.”

Alexander started his college career at Auburn before going the JUCO route and ending up in Ames. The fifth-year senior played sparingly (mostly on special teams) last season.

“He’s got a meeting, I think, sometime this week and I think that, the reality of it, you know, there’s two sides to every story,” Campbell said. “And I think once that story really unfolds itself we’ll really see what happens from there.”


Rob Gray


Rob, an Ames native, joined Cyclone Fanatic in August, 2014 after nearly a decade and a half of working at Iowa's two largest newspapers. He spent 10 years at the Des Moines Register and, after a brief stint in public relations, joined the Cedar Rapids Gazette as an Iowa State correspondent three years ago. Rob specializes in feature stories for CF.