Summer plans shift to football for McDonough & Lenz


Hopefully, Jake McDonough and Josh Lenz hadn’t already established summer vacation plans.

 If so, it’s likely their trips will have to take detours to NFL training camps this summer.

 Earlier this week, a number of Cyclone football prospects put their skills on display for more than two dozen professional football teams during the school’s annual “Pro Timing Day”.

 Many of the supposed elite prospects in college football, including Iowa State linebackers A.J. Klein and Jake Knott, get invited to participate in the league’s annual combine event in Indianapolis.  McDonough and Lenz weren’t in that group, so Wednesday’s workouts in the Bergstrom Indoor Facility were their job interview.

 You always hear murmurs among the talent evaluators when a player measures in some task better than expected. McDonough (with 37 reps on the 225-pound bench press) and Lenz (21 reps and a 4.35 reading in the 40) turned heads.

 They may have positioned themselves to get drafted, but certainly cemented invites to camps. McDonough and Lenz – like Knott and Klein previously – have been bookmarked.

 Other Cyclones also impressed and probably earned more opportunities.

 It’s a certainty that if Jake and Josh were scheduled to go on the family vacation this summer, they’ll need to take a pass now.


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