At 6-foot-5, Allen Lazard is a matchup nightmare for most any high school secondary, but Friday night things were more unfair than usual, with Lazard's Urbandale team up against a Council Bluffs Jefferson squad that came into the game 1-7.
Lazard, an Iowa State commit, caught two touchdowns for gains of 51 and 54 yards.
In one half.
The J-Hawks led 51-0 at intermission, setting into effect a running clock and sending Urbandale's starters to the bench to rest up; they'll practice Saturday morning after receiving their playoff draws late Friday night.
"It's a little different, especially here, going from Iowa high school football to college football," Lazard said after the 72-0 win. "It's going to be a huge step. It's hard to train yourself for that. I honestly have no idea what it's going to be like next year. I know there's going to be guys stronger than me, and that I'll be pushed around some, but I've just got to grow as an individual and hopefully help out my team that way."
Lazard took an official visit to Notre Dame Oct. 19 for the game against USC. Lazard had a fantastic time soaking up one of college football's greatest rivalries but shot down the notion he's wavering.
When asked if he remains as committed to the Cyclones as he did when he announced his decision back in December, Lazard said, "Yes, completely."
Lazard was going to attend Iowa State's game versus Oklahoma State on Saturday but the 11 a.m. kickoff conflicts with Urbandale's practice. He said he expects to be in attendance Nov. 9 as the Cyclones take on TCU, a weekend already attracting a few commits as well as some uncommitted targets, notably Spring (TX) quarterback Darius Lee-Campbell.
At 1-5, there are numerous holes Iowa State needs shored up. While the Cyclones have taken to redshirting nearly every freshman — Nigel Tribune is the first true freshman to see the field since 2011 — it's expected Lazard, the No. 21 wideout in the country, whose 15 touchdowns are tied for the most in the state, will push for early playing time.
"Hopefully I can help out," he said. "Offensively I can see myself as an outside receiver, but they can put me anywhere, I'll be happy anywhere."
For now, though, with his much-discussed visit to Notre Dame, a cause of some serious hand-wringing by Cyclone Nation, behind him, and with any concerns over his status soothed, Lazard gears his focus to a long postseason run.
"We've had our ups and downs this season with those two losses," he said. "We wanted to see perfection and be 9-0, but we're 7-2 and we're happy with that and we've got to move forward for now. We've got to out-effort everybody."