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    The thing I appreciate most about the job PR has done is

    The way this team can finally go head to head phyically with the elite teams in the conference. Teams can no longer just line up and physically manhandle ISU. To see how many times we stop people on short yardage situations is very encouraging.

    I am really excited to see next year with what is returning.



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    Re: The thing I appreciate most about the job PR has done is

    Quote Originally Posted by Win5002 View Post
    The way this team can finally go head to head phyically with the elite teams in the conference. Teams can no longer just line up and physically manhandle ISU. To see how many times we stop people on short yardage situations is very encouraging.

    I am really excited to see next year with what is returning.
    This. We are making huge strides. I in no way expected to win today but I expected to compete. I think we should have taken advantage of the opportunities better but losing 26-6 to OU is not something to hang your head on. Just last year we were blown out 55-0. We are making progress and thats all I can ask for.


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    Re: The thing I appreciate most about the job PR has done is

    That's the thing about this year. We have been blown out a few times but they weren't due to just not being talented enough. We just didn't execute. That's not to say we were more talented, just that people weren't running us over and running by us. It's a good feeling to have.


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    Re: The thing I appreciate most about the job PR has done is

    We are great in short yardage plays on defense. I'd like to see some stats on it but I've got to think we are one of the best in the country. It sets up nice for when we play KSU next week



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    Re: The thing I appreciate most about the job PR has done is

    And the culture. We're not sitting here saying, "Well, we are Iowa State." We're sitting here knowing that we had a serious chance with some offense to win a game in Norman. We haven't exactly thought that after games down there for a long time.


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
    Make this one for the ages!




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    Re: The thing I appreciate most about the job PR has done is

    The fact that we can go into any game and I feel there is a chance we can pull it off speaks volumes to what CPR has done to the program. At least for me. Prior to him, I would never think like this. We may not win every one of them, but as time goes on, we will get more and more of them.


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    Re: The thing I appreciate most about the job PR has done is

    I think we need to appreciate that we are witnessing the start of something incredible at Iowa State.

    I've seen things the last 3 years that I didn't think were possible. And I think we will continue to get better and better. We have to appreciate what we have done so far and not take it for granted.



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    Re: The thing I appreciate most about the job PR has done is

    Quote Originally Posted by DumbFan View Post
    The fact that we can go into any game and I feel there is a chance we can pull it off speaks volumes to what CPR has done to the program. At least for me. Prior to him, I would never think like this. We may not win every one of them, but as time goes on, we will get more and more of them.

    Exactly...no team wins them all. And we won't either. But we are consistently getting better.

    I think it is easy to forget the juggernut that we faced this year. And that we have missed key pieces of the team several times this year.

    Give us a Big 10 schedule and I think we'd have 8 wins. At least.



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    Re: The thing I appreciate most about the job PR has done is

    The push from both lines is encouraging. When the DL can get better at beating blocks, then our D will go to the next level.



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    Re: The thing I appreciate most about the job PR has done is

    Quote Originally Posted by Win5002 View Post
    The way this team can finally go head to head phyically with the elite teams in the conference. Teams can no longer just line up and physically manhandle ISU. To see how many times we stop people on short yardage situations is very encouraging.

    I am really excited to see next year with what is returning.
    Agree, PR teams get better as the year goes on generally. I really felt like we out hit and outplayed OU while we were on defense. If you give me that defensive effort every time, we are going to have some really good football teams here.

    The defense really plays with a great attitude, haven't seen that in Ames in a very long time. Not one of those guys thought for one second they couldn't dominate OU and despite the score the defense did that.



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    Re: The thing I appreciate most about the job PR has done is

    Quote Originally Posted by Win5002 View Post
    The way this team can finally go head to head phyically with the elite teams in the conference. Teams can no longer just line up and physically manhandle ISU. To see how many times we stop people on short yardage situations is very encouraging.

    I am really excited to see next year with what is returning.
    I agree, and I am getting somewhat annoyed with announcers talking about the coaching staff getting more from "less". It's great to give the coaching staff props, but when does it go from that to giving the players credit for being good players?

    We have some solid pro prospects for this year, and I'm sure for years to come.



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    Re: The thing I appreciate most about the job PR has done is

    I said something to this effect even during the game, one of the biggest things I see is the idea that no matter who you are you can't be counting up the Iowa State game as a victory like you could in past years. Teams know that if you don't show up or you struggle against Iowa State it can easily be a loss...



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    Re: The thing I appreciate most about the job PR has done is

    I didn't see the Mizzou game but I thought that Texas, A&M and Baylor games were within reach but big penalties and calls kept the games out of reach.



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    Re: The thing I appreciate most about the job PR has done is

    Quote Originally Posted by Win5002 View Post
    The way this team can finally go head to head phyically with the elite teams in the conference. Teams can no longer just line up and physically manhandle ISU. To see how many times we stop people on short yardage situations is very encouraging.

    I am really excited to see next year with what is returning.
    I will agree on the physical aspect.

    As much as I thought the offense was inept today, it was the usual problem of turnovers, missed opportunities and penalties (and a few other things ... that's a separate post). The linemen were working their tails off. Pressure was hampering Barnett and the rushing game struggled, but it wasn't just a barrage of sacks and rushing losses (although I missed most of the 3rd quarter, so I might not have seen everything). The final drives vs. KU & OSU had ISU mowing down the opposition.

    And the defense isn't getting pushed around, either ó that late 1st half TD was an exception vs. OU, but the D had already held them to 3 points on two drives inside the 10.

    In equal measure, the gap in "athleticism" seems to be shrinking gradually. OU players did some moves in open field today that I haven't seen much in the past month, but no one is getting burned deep or having a back, receiver or returner leave players in the dust with regularity. A lot of us feared OSU just had too much talent for the long haul, and I didn't think that became a major factor.

    Does it seem like missed tackles also have dwindled since early in the season? Or compared to '10?



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    Re: The thing I appreciate most about the job PR has done is

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    I agree, and I am getting somewhat annoyed with announcers talking about the coaching staff getting more from "less". It's great to give the coaching staff props, but when does it go from that to giving the players credit for being good players?

    We have some solid pro prospects for this year, and I'm sure for years to come.
    I get what you're saying, but to be fair, Rhoads (and his staff) recruited these guys. Look at our offensive nucleus: Barnett, White, Hollis, Woody, Gary, Horne, West, the center's name escapes me atm. These guys are young!



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