AMES, Iowa – Iowa State All-Big 12 wide receiver Allen Lazard announced today he will return for his senior season and will not enter into his name into the 2017 NFL Draft.
Lazard cited the excitement surrounding the program and the chance to continue his development and growth under head coach Matt Campbell as a few of his reasons for remaining a Cyclone.
"Our football team made a lot of strides this past year," Lazard said. "Coach Campbell has this program going in the right direction and the enthusiasm and excitement within the locker room is extremely high."
A native of Urbandale, Iowa, Lazard saw his draft stock rise after producing one of the greatest seasons by a wide receiver in school history in 2016. Lazard led the team in receptions (69), receiving yards (1,018) and touchdown catches (7).
Lazard became the fourth member of the 1,000-yard receiving club, ranking third on ISU's season list with 1,018 yards. He also recorded 69 receptions to rank second in the history of ISU football.
Lazard's consistency at the end of the season coincided with the emergence of Jacob Park at quarterback. In his last five games, Lazard averaged 7.0 receptions, 114.0 yards and totaled three touchdown receptions.
He finished the year with a school-record six 100-yard receiving games and joined All-Americans Jim Doran (1950) and Tracy Henderson (1983-84) as the only three Cyclones to record three-straight 100-yard receiving outings.
With his return in 2017, Lazard will set his sights on a number of Iowa State career receiving marks. He currently ranks second in touchdown catches (16), second in receptions (170) and third in receiving yards (2,419).
Former All-Big 12 receiver Todd Blythe (2004-07) is the current record-holder in all three career categories: touchdown receptions (31), receptions (176) and receiving yards (3,096).
Lazard has caught a pass in a school-record 35 consecutive games.
(Courtesy: Iowa State Athletics)