KCHA Sports Report (8/16)

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As the established starter at quarterback Joel Lanning will take on more of a leadership role for Iowa State this season but that does not mean he will be more vocal. Cyclone coach Matt Campbell says the Ankeny native leads by being one of the hardest workers on the team.

Campbell says Lanning set the tone during off-season conditioning.

Lanning says his will never be mistaken for a rah-rah kind of guy and prefers to let his actions speak.

Lanning says he is not going to change his approach just because he is the established starter at quarterback.

Northern Iowa football coach Mark Farley feels the lack of a passing game prevented the Panthers from making a serious run at the FCS national title a year ago. Quarterback Aaron Bailey hopes to provide that missing element during his senior season. The Illinois transfer became the starting signal caller in 2015 and started 12 games He rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 19 touchdowns but the Panthers only averaged 149 yards of passing per game and completed less than 54 percent of their passes. The drop back game has been a focus in the off season.

Bailey says practice along with experience will make the Panthers a better throwing team.

Another plus for Bailey is the addition of Collin Klein as quarterbacks coach. The former Kansas State All-American finished third in the Heisman balloting as a dual threat quarterback.

The Cyclones and Panthers will square off against each other to open up the college football season on September third.  You can tune into that game on KCHA.

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