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2003 PREVIEW: Iowa State Cyclones

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has gotten to three bowl games in three years, but the program continues to struggle when it gets a seat at the Big XII adult table. What went so wrong last season? The Cyclones had a Heisman-caliber player, it played tough and beat Iowa, and , but the wheels came completely off following losses to Oklahoma and Texas. To say that got to bowl games over the last three years by overachieving is a disservice to the talent that has been through Ames. With that said, the team was at its best when either was having a Heisman game, or else all parts of the team were working. Once the team became too reliant on Wallace, good defenses were able to stop him and nothing else worked.

Team Information
Head coach: Dan McCarney
9th season: 36-57
Returning Lettermen: 42
Lettermen Lost: 15
Ten Best Players
1. DT , Sr.
2. WR , Sr.
3. LB , Jr.
4. OG , Sr.
5. SS , Sr.
6. DT Nick Leaders, Soph
7. PK Adam Benike, Sr.
8. DE , Sr.
9. RB , Sr.
10.RB Steve Hicks, RFr
2003 Schedule
8/30 Northern
9/6
9/13
9/27 at No
10/4
10/11 at
10/18
10/25 at
11/1 at
11/8 St.
11/15
11/22 at
This squad could be even better now that it can't rely on any one player. The receiving corps has several experienced options, the running game has four backs to carry the ball, the defense has a decent amount of depth and the quarterback situation should be fine within the system. As ugly as the late season losses were in 2002, there's no reason to expect that the program is going to return to the days being a Big XII doormat. The Schedule: The good news: Oklahoma and Texas come to Ames. The bad news: has to play Oklahoma and Texas. If wants to get to a fourth straight bowl game, it has to go 4-0 in non-conference play meaning the Cyclones have to once again beat Iowa and needs to pull off a tough win at MAC favorite . is going to want a little bit of payback after last year. ISU gets a break playing and Colorado at home. Best Offensive Player: Senior WR . A steady player that always finds ways to get open, Danielsen's production didn't die when the team struggled at the end of last year. He's dangerous on the reverse and on third down. Best Defensive Player: Senior DT . He came to as a 228-pound walk-on. Now he's a 303-pound monster that should be on everyone's short list of All-Big XII linemen. Key player to a successful season: The quarterback situation should be fine, but someone still has to pull the trigger. could fit into the role of the offense as a good playmaker, but he's not going to win games by himself. Austin Flynn could be a major factor. The season will be a success if: the Cyclones go to a fourth straight bowl game. To do this, they'll have to go at least 3-1 against the non-conference teams, beat Kansas and , and then has to pull off two major upsets. Key game: November 15th vs. Colorado. isn't good enough to beat Oklahoma, Texas or , so the Colorado game could be the team's last chance to get a big win in a bowl drive. 2002 Fun Stats:
  • Sacks: 31 - Opponents 19
  • Fourth down conversions: Opponents 16-24 (67%) - ISU 10-18 (56%)
  • Last year was the first under Dan McCarney that didn't have a 1,000-yard rusher
    2003 Recruiting Class
    Star of the Class
    James Wright III 6-3 255 Jr. TE Houston, (Springwoods/Kilgore College)
    College: Caught seven passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns ... squad went 12-0 as a freshman, winning the Red River Bowl ... coached by Jimmy Rieves. High School Experience: Caught 31 passes for 570 yards and six touchdowns his final two seasons ... first-team all-district as a senior ... named to the Houston North/South All-Star game ... second-team all-district as a junior ... played both defensive end and tight end as a sophomore before switching solely to tight end.

    Steve Allen 6-1 210 Fr. LB Delray Beach, Fla. (Atlantic)
    Ben Barkema 6-4 235 Fr. TE Muscatine, (Muscatine)
    Caleb Berg 6-1 192 Fr. S Henderson, Neb. (Heartland Community)
    *Jason Berryman 6-2 230 Fr. DE Houston, (Kashmere)
    *Todd Blythe 6-5 200 Fr. WR Indianola, (Indianola)
    *Aaron Brant 6-7 295 Fr. OL Cuba City, Wis. (Dubuque [Iowa] Wahlert)
    Brandon Cook 6-6 335 Fr. OL Garner, (Garner-Hayfield)
    Brent Curvey 6-0 288 Fr. DL Houston, (Westfield)
    Nick Davidson 6-4 265 Fr. DL Hurst, (L.D. Bell)
    Dominique Flower 6-1 200 Fr. DB St. Petersburg, Fla. (Northeast)
    Josh Griebahn 5-8 188 Fr. K West Branch, (West Branch)
    DeAndre Jackson 6-0 180 Fr. CB Garland, (Garland)
    Nate Mechaelsen 6-3 190 Fr. QB Kamrar, (Northeast Hamilton)
    Bret Meyer 6-3 190 Fr. QB Atlantic, (Atlantic)
    Milan Moses 6-2 195 Fr. WR Waterloo, (East)
    Ron Prelow 6-1 225 Fr. LB Tampa, Fla. (Jefferson)
    Matt Scherbring 6-3 325 Fr. DL Oelwein, (Oelwein)
    Tom Schmeling 6-4 285 Fr. OL Atlantic, (Atlantic)
    Bastian Schober 6-3 302 Fr. OL Granbury, (Granbury)
    Taylor Schrage 6-2 200 Fr. LB Parkersburg, (Aplington-Parkersburg)
    Kurtis Taylor 6-2 210 Fr. LB Fort Dodge, (Fort Dodge)
    Brandon Tinlin 6-4 230 Fr. TE San Diego, Calif. (Point Loma)
    John Tjaden 6-7 285 Fr. OL Mason City, (Mason City)
    Anthony Walker 6-3 300 Fr. OL City, Okla. (Northeast Academy)
    Mike West 6-1 195 Fr. RB Citra, Fla. (North Marion)
    *Potential Instant Impact Players

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