CLEAR LAKE, Ia. — Defensive back Mike Johnson’s football career at Iowa State is done.
Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell said during Wednesday’s Cyclone Tailgate Tour stop in Clear Lake that the suspended Johnson is off the team.
Johnson was arrested in February for domestic assault strangulation with injury. Campbell suspended him immediately. Johnson later pleaded guilty to a simple misdemeanor of disorderly conduct.
“Mike and I both came to a conclusion that the best situation for Mike is … to get a fresh start,” Campbell said.
Johnson played in 12 games in 2016 and started eight. He recorded 44 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and three pass breakups.
The arrest stems from a fight Johnson got into with his girlfriend in Ames.
“I think Mike made a mistake,” Campbell said. “Mike’s a really good kid, but I think it’s in his best interest to continue to move on and we’re going to try to help Mike move on.”
More swag coming
During Campbell’s first season at Iowa State, he introduced fans to new uniforms and helmets. More changes are on the way.
Campbell said Iowa State’s gameday wardrobe will include some more wrinkles but wouldn’t shed any light into what they would be or even how soon fans would see them.
“We definitely will,” Campbell said. “Whether it comes this year in totality, I don’t know. But, I can tell you, I think our entire image will change here shortly, and that’s something we’re really big on.”
Iowa State fans had been clamoring for some changes to Iowa State’s uniforms, and Campbell was quick to make some moves when he got to Ames. The 2017 Cyclones could have a different look as well.
“I think what you’ll see is, you’ll see our image and our brand continue to grow in a multitude of different ways. And I think (there) will definitely be some things that appear this year, and I think in the years following, you’ll see a big change.”
Eaton working his way back
A sprained MCL caused Matthew Eaton to miss the spring game and is limiting him this summer. But Eaton doesn’t expect any more damage to his first season at Iowa State.
“I’ll be back running full-go in the beginning of June,” Eaton said at the Tailgate Tour stop.
Eaton, a junior college transfer wide receiver, has been hampered by the injury that he says cost him around five weeks. Campbell said Eaton came down awkwardly making a catch in a non-contact situation in practice.
It’s still affecting Eaton, who estimated he’s at 65 percent right now.
“I thought that I had done pretty good for the first couple of days of spring ball until I got hurt,” Eaton said.
The injury will slow his spring and summer progress, but Eaton looks to be ready for the 2017 regular season.
“We were really fortunate that it wasn’t anything major,”…