Harvey’s status remains up in the air for Saturday’s game against KU

Sep 2, 2017; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones Iowa State Cyclones linebacker Willie Harvey (2) intercepts a pass and returns it for a touchdown against the Northern Iowa Panthers at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Junior linebacker Willie Harvey‘s status for Iowa State’s game against Kansas this weekend remains up in the air following practice on Wednesday. Iowa State’s co-leader in tackles for loss missed last week’s win over No. 3 Oklahoma with a hamstring injury.

“Didn’t practice much a day ago,” Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell said Wednesday night. “Practiced a little bit today. I’d say he’s between questionable and probable for the game.”

Harvey is fifth on the team with 31 tackles, including 10 solo stops. His 4.5 tackles for loss is tied with senior defensive end JD Waggoner for the team lead. The Hastings, Fla. native has also added 2.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and an interception returned for a touchdown so far this season.

Harvey was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection last season after tying for the team lead with 78 tackles. Fellow starting linebackers Joel Lanning and Marcel Spears tied for second on the team with eight tackles in Harvey’s absence for the win over the Sooners.

“He’s certainly back at practice, which is a real positive thing,” Campbell said. “Will he or won’t he (play)? Really depends on the next 48 hours.”

Jared Stansbury


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