ISU embraces new tradition with fresh face Matt Campbell

Former Toledo coach hopes he can turn around the Cyclones program

By Chris Palmquist |

Published 08/29 2016 06:21PM

Updated 08/29 2016 06:21PM

Not only does Iowa State's football season get underway this Saturday against Northern Iowa, but it will also be the first game for new Cyclones coach Matt Campbell.

He took over Iowa State after former head coach Paul Rhoads was fired last season after a 3-9 record. Campbell said he only cares about exceeding his teams standards. 

"There's no greater pressure than anybody can put on ourselves than we put on ourselves daily, our program, how we do everything we do. Our expectations are extremely high. My goal, my expectation is to give back to these great fans," Campbell said. "They've sacrificed a great deal here. They're loyal, they do a tremendous job. I've said that over and over and over again. Now it gives you a little extra to maybe come in everyday and say, 'Man, I want to give back to this great fan base.'"
Quarterback Joel Lanning isn't focused on the whole season success, just one game at a time.  
"Can't worry about it, can't focus on it. Right now we just gotta focus on UNI and making ourselves better every week and prepare to win this game. You can't really focus on anything else besides UNI right now."
Defensive end Mitchell Meyers just wants his teammates to try their best.  
"I don't see much pressure. We're all going to go out there and do the best that we can. I think people might have--you know, I'm not sure what everyone's expectations are but we're gonna go out there and do the best that we can."


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