Cyclone Country by Rob Gray

Receiver Medders steps up for ISU

AMES — When Brett Medders stepped foot on the bus to head back to Ames after last Saturday’s Cy-Hawk game, he let all of his emotions out.

He just had to.

It hasn’t been the easiest road for the junior wide [...]

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ISU Notebook: Cyclones take home weekly hardware

AMES — Just a couple days after taking the Cy-Hawk trophy home to Ames for its win against Iowa, Iowa State nearly swept the individual Big 12 weekly awards.

Sophomore kicker Cole Netten was named the Big 12 Special Teams Playe [...]

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ISU’s Gannon: “I realized football wasn’t the problem”

AMES — Jacob Gannon thought he was done with football. He felt the stress and pressure playing the game he loved had resulted in a panic attack and the healthy thing to do was to walk away from the team.

Gannon learned it was s [...]

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Rhoads doesn’t need outside noise to know ‘it’s a huge game’

AMES — It may be a week filled with fans of Iowa and Iowa State engaging nonstop in Cy-Hawk rivalry debates and conversations, but Paul Rhoads isn’t paying attention to the outside noise.

All he knows is what is going on [...]

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Five keys to an ISU victory

1. Establish consistency in the running game. Iowa State will have to find a way to run the football to succeed on offense. The Cyclones haven’t produced big numbers running the ball and backs Aaron Wimberly and DeVondrick Nealy, as well as [...]

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ISU’s Miller makes switch to the middle

AMES — After each game, Iowa State football coaches put together performance-grading sheets determining how well each member of the team played.

In Jevohn Miller’s case, he was feeling pretty good after looking at his sheet, co [...]

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Cyclones’ West scores on the ground, through the air

AMES — It was the play call Jarvis West had been waiting for all day.

Already having a productive day with a 17-yard touchdown reception and an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown, West’s number was called again. This time, tho [...]

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ISU notebook: Cyclones shift linebackers

AMES — Jevohn Miller knows what he has to do, but he feels comfortable with where he’s at.

The senior linebacker, who was tabbed as the starting weak side linebacker, slid into the starting middle linebacker spot against Kansas [...]

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Feel-good win slips through Cyclones’ fingers

AMES — Paul Rhoads walked into the Bergstrom Football Complex still waiting for an explanation.

With Iowa State leading 28-13 after scoring 28 unanswered points in a Big 12 football game Saturday, Kansas State called timeout wi [...]

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Waters finally gets chance to play at Jack Trice

By Dylan Montz, correspondent

AMES — Coming off a junior college national championship at Iowa Western in 2012, Aaron Wimberly and Jake Waters were as close as brothers.

Wimberly, a running back from Snellville, Ga., and [...]

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Iowa State tackle Gannon leaves program

AMES — The shake-up on the offensive line will continue for Iowa State heading into its game Saturday against Kansas State.

Starting right tackle Jacob Gannon has left the ISU football team for “personal reasons” [...]

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ISU punter Downing shakes off nerves in first game

AMES — Walking around the sidelines just minutes before he made his first career start at Iowa State, Colin Downing’s nervousness was alive and well.

The freshman punter really started to feel the nerves on the bus ride [...]

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Cyclone receiver Bundrage out for season with torn ACL

AMES — Just two days after losing its season opener, Iowa State was dealt another blow, this time to one of its most prolific players from last season.

Junior wide receiver Quenton Bundrage tore his ACL in Saturday’s gam [...]

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Cyclones can’t keep up with NDSU

AMES — Paul Rhoads wasn’t surprised Iowa State started the game fast on offense. He knew they would.

The Cyclones put up 14 points in the first 15:57 minutes of the game, but were shutout by North Dakota State for the re [...]

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Daley rises up receiver depth chart for Cyclones

AMES — It wasn’t during a face-to-face meeting with his coaches or talk among his teammates.

Dondre Daley learned he would be starting at wide receiver Saturday through a medium that initially surprised him.

“Twitt [...]

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