College Confidential

Iowa State coach wary of TCU’s team speed in Big 12 opener

Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell has lots of concerns heading into Saturday’s game against TCU (1-1) that will mark the Big 12 opener for both schools.

Not only are the Cyclones (0-2) at the bottom of the Big 12 statistical rankings in total offense (299 yards per game) and scoring offense (11.5 avg.), but they face a significant shortage in speed heading into Saturday’s showdown in Amon G. Carter Stadium (11 a.m., FS1).

“I think the biggest thing for us is their speed on both sides of the football,” Campbell said during Monday’s teleconference with Big 12 coaches. “Their ability to run and make plays is impressive. Their special teams, in particular, have been outstanding.”

TCU receiver/kick returner KaVonte Turpin leads the Big 12 in all-purpose yards (236 per game), as well as kickoff returns (34.0 avg.) and punt return average (28.8 avg.). Campbell also is wary of Horned Frogs’ quarterback Kenny Hill, who ranks third nationally in total offense (477 yards per game).

“You see the same guy,” Campbell said, likening Hill to the player he was in 2014 at Texas A&M before his transfer to TCU. “He’s got the ability to make all the throws and the ability to make plays with his feet. He’s been impressive.”

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