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,” Campbell said. “It didn’t require any surgery. It’s not a situation where it’s going to limit his ability to get himself better through the summer. I think we were fortunate. We dodged a bullet there.” 

Eaton was at Temple before transferring to Pearl River Community College, where he caught 37 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns. Eaton was rated the fourth-best wide receiver in ESPNJC50 last season.

And he has high hopes for his career at Iowa State. Eaton outlined one of them in a meeting with Campbell. 

“I told him that I’m (trying) to be the No. 1 receiver in the country,” Eaton said. “So, that’s my expectation.” 

That type of hunger is part of what drew Campbell to Eaton. Campbell has also raved about Eaton’s work ethic — how he’s shown up to the practice facility at random hours to watch film. 

“He’s got that work ethic that it takes when you take elite talent and you take elite determination, you put it together, and that’s when you have a chance to get something really special, and Matt’s got those qualities,” Campbell said. 

Although Eaton is limited in what he can do now, he’s still making the most of his time. Eaton said he’s been trying to learn Iowa State’s playbook as much as possible and is watching as much film as he can of the wide receiver corps — even Cyclones quarterback Jacob Park. 

“I love studying football,” Eaton said.