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CFTV: Campbell addresses special teams & more ahead of ULM

Tuesday’s weekly Iowa State press conference ahead of the ULM game was mostly Cyclone-centric.

When following a rivalry game loss and going into a non-conference game against a Sun Belt school, that’s understandable.

Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell hit on a lot of things, including the muffed punt return that essentially sealed Saturday’s game for the Hawks.

He said he had no concerns.

Among the other things Campbell spoke about, he talked the growth of junior defensive back Greg Eisworth. Campbell said Eisworth has a unique ability to make those around him better, and the Cyclones are utilizing that this season.

The fourth-year coach talked about the offensive line as well on Tuesday, which saw Collin Olson playing center for the first time at Iowa State.

Another note for the Cyclones that was mentioned on Tuesday was the lack of turnovers the team has seen in the first two games of the season.

Now, it’s nothing to worry big time about, but the unit has not yet forced a turnover after the first pair of games.

Senior Justin Bickham discussed the team’s practice habits, and also said the ball will fall in Iowa State’s favor at some point.

As a unit, however, the defense has jelled a lot through two games this season – something that sophomore Anthony Johnson highlighted on Tuesday.

The unit only allowed six points against Northern Iowa in regulation in week 1, and forced Iowa to kick four field goals on Saturday.

Iowa State will face Louisiana Monroe on Saturday morning with an 11:00 a.m. kickoff on Fox Sports 1 at Jack Trice Stadium.

Connor Ferguson

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Connor will be covering women’s basketball for Cyclone Fanatic during the 2018-19 season. He is currently a junior enrolled at Iowa State and is studying journalism at Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism. Connor also covers a variety of sports around the state of Iowa, including Indoor football and motorsports for Last Word on Sports. He also appears on-air four times a week covering high school football for 1460 KXnO, college football for his own podcast, and professional sports for 88.5 KURE – Iowa State’s student radio station.