ISU WR Bundrage Ascending; DE Scott Suspended
By Rob Gray, Reporter
AMES, Iowa — The way Iowa State wide receiver Quenton Bundrage sees it, his role remains simply defined.
“The approach I’m taking is just being ready,” said Bundrage, the Cyclones’ top returning game-breaking pass catcher. “I never know when the ball’s going to come. If I am the No. 1 receiver, I am the No. 1 receiver. I’m not really going to worry about that.”
He’s the No. 1 receiver all right.
Cyclone coach Paul Rhoads noted early in spring practice Bundrage, along with tight end Ernst Brun, has emerged as one of the offense’s top deep threats.
Bundrage averaged just 11.6 yards per catch last season, but showed flashes of his play-making ability with a 35-yard touchdown grab in the regular season-closing loss to West Virginia.
“We’re charting some explosive plays and Bundrage, as you might expect, would be at the top of that list,” Rhoads said. “But two other guys that you might not, (redshirt freshman Dondre) Daley and (redshirt senior) Justin Coleman fall next in line and that’s fun to see.”
ISU wide receivers coach Todd Sturdy said he’s called upon Bundrage, a 6-2, 189-pound sophomore-to-be, to be more of a leader — statistically and otherwise.
“Now it’s about focusing on all the little things, continuing to strive every day with his drill work to get better at the out route, or the post, or whatever he’s doing,” said Sturdy, who also returns experience in Jarvis West and Albert Gary at wideout. “Just sharpening up everything.”
Sturdy wants to see improved blocking in Saturday’s scrimmage from Bundrage and all his receivers.
It’s a work in progress.
“Being a receiver in high school, you’re the go-to guy, so you’re not really doing it that much,” Bundrage said.
He is now.
A go-to receiver and a blocker, not necessarily in that order.
“My confidence level is definitely up from where it was last year,” said Bundrage, who both Rhoads and Sturdy noted needs to cut down on dropped passes. “I’m ready to play, of course, but I still have stuff to do.”
Once the miscues abate, watch out, Sturdy said.
“When you run by somebody, or you create space and get wide open, well guess what? If you don’t finish, if you drop the ball, you stand out,” he said.
SCOTT ARRESTED, SUSPENDED: Iowa State defensive end Willie Scott has been suspended athletic department spokesperson Tom Kroeschell said Thursday.
Scott, 21, was arrested last week and charged with possession of marijuana, according to the Ames Tribune.
An attempt Thursday to obtain the Iowa State University police report of the April 3 incident was unsuccessful, as the records division’s office had closed for the day.
Scott, a senior this fall, had 37 tackles last season — the most by any returning defensive lineman.
Cyclone coach Paul Rhoads said Scott is able to practice and participate in the April 20 spring game, but, as of now, would be suspended for the season opener against Northern Iowa.
“It’s an ongoing process,” Rhoads said.
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