Heacock follows Campbell to Ames

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State hired former Toledo defensive coordinator Jon Heacock to run the Cyclone defense.

First-year coach Matt Campbell announced Tuesday that Heacock, a former head coach at Youngstown State and an assistant of Campbell's with the Rockets, will be Iowa State's defensive coordinator and safeties coach next season.

Heacock was Indiana's defensive coordinator from 1997-99 and assumed the top job with Youngstown State in 2001. Heacock was with Youngstown until 2009. He later spent two years running the defense at Kent State.

The Rockets topped the MidAmerican Conference at 20.8 points allowed last season under Heacock's leadership. Toledo also led the league in rushing defense at 114 yards per game.

Heacock served as Campbell's assistant head coach the past two seasons, helping Toledo win 19 games and reach a pair of bowls. He also spent six seasons as the defensive coordinator at Youngstown State under future Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.

"It's simple to sum up what Jon will bring to our defense: experience and passion," Campbell said. "If you see what he did in building Kent State's defense and what he did at Toledo, you know the quality of a defensive coordinator we are getting. He's also got experience as a head football coach, and he is a guy that will bring a great pedigree."

Heacock and Tom Manning, Iowa State new offensive coordinator, were among the Rockets staffers Campbell has brought to Ames.

Iowa State was eighth in the Big 12 with 32.7 points allowed per games last season, and it gave up at least 45 points four times. That was part of the reason the Cyclones fired coach Paul Rhoads after seven seasons and brought in Campbell in December.

Houston lands ex-A&M QB

HOUSTON — Kyle Allen didn't go far after leaving Texas A&M.

The highly touted quarterback is enrolling at Houston, where the 14th-ranked Cougars just wrapped up a 13-1 season under first-year coach Tom Herman.

Allen spent two seasons with the Aggies, who have also seen quarterback Kyler Murray transfer and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital depart in recent weeks. Allen will sit out next year under NCAA transfer rules but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.

Allen started the first seven games this past season before struggling with interceptions and was benched after a loss at Mississippi. Murray started the next three games and led the Aggies to two wins, but Allen got his job back for Texas A&M's final two games.

With Allen leaving and Murray set to enroll at Oklahoma, Jake Hubenak started at quarterback as the Aggies lost the Music City Bowl 27-21 to Louisville.

Allen threw for 2,210 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season.

In other news

Florida State: All-America cornerback Jalen Ramsey says he is leaving school following his junior season and declaring for the NFL draft.

Many expected Ramey to forgo his senior season. He is considered by many scouts to be the top defensive back and a top-five pick in the draft.

Texas-San Antonio: Larry Coker, who built the UTSA football program from scratch in 2009, is stepping down after five seasons.

Coker had a 26-32 record at UTSA, including 3-9 this past season.

Coker was considered a major hire for the fledgling program. He won a national title with Miami in 2001 but was fired there in 2006.

Mississippi State: Defensive lineman Chris Jones decided to declare for the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-6, 308-pound junior has been one of the best players on Mississippi State's defensive line the past three seasons. He had 44 tackles as a junior, including 7 1/2 for loss and 2 1/2 sacks.

California: Wide receiver Kenny Lawler will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Lawler was a first-team AllPac-12 selection after totaling 52 catches for 658 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Georgia: Shane Beamer, the associate head coach and running backs coach at Virginia Tech for the last five years and son of longtime Hokies coach Frank Beamer, is Georgia's new special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.

LSU: Coach Les Miles said senior tight end Dillon Gordon was injured during what Baton Rouge police have described as a fight involving a stabbing in a bar near campus.

Miles said Gordon did not have life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover fully.

Baton Rouge police spokesman Don Coppola said investigators are trying to identify a suspect who fled the scene after stabbing his victim multiple times. Police have not identified Gordon as the victim, but Miles has.

Primarily a blocker, Gordon made one catch for eight yards this season.

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