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    Rhoads eyes growth from 'blue-collar' line

    Paul Rhoads expects the summer to be a season of growth for the Iowa State offensive line.
    The fourth-year football coach said the Cyclones’ front five — a group where former Quad-City area preps Ethan Tuftee and Kyle Lichtenberg are competing for starting assignments — can develop into a strength of the team despite the loss of two players now working on NFL careers.
    “A lot of people would expect a drop off when you lose guys like Kelechi Osemele and Hayworth Hicks, but I think people may be surprised,” Rhoads said during the Cyclone Tailgate Tour’s stop in Bettendorf last week.
    “It’s a blue-collar group, and the depth there is as good as we’ve had since I came back to Iowa State. They go about their business the right way, and I was pleased with the progress I saw from our offensive line during the spring.”
    Davenport Assumption grad Tuftee, a 6-foot-4, 318-pound junior, tops the depth chart at left guard, while Lichtenberg, a 6-6, 294-pound junior from Bettendorf, is in the mix at left tackle.
    “Those two guys, along with Jacob Gannon from up the road in Iowa City, have put themselves right there,” Rhoads said. “I like the way they go about their business.”
    All returned to campus last week for the start of summer school and the start of offseason training.
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    Re:Rhoads eyes growth from 'blue-collar' line

    It is strange to be this excited about the line after what we lost, but I think the staff did a great job getting these guys some quality playing time, and there wasn't a drop off when they were in.



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    Re: Rhoads eyes growth from 'blue-collar' line

    I actually think the losses from 2010 were bigger than the losses from 2011. Laamack graduating was a huge blow last season. Also Hicks and KO were consistently hurt last season, so the guys behind them got some major snaps.



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    Re: Rhoads eyes growth from 'blue-collar' line

    I am expecting a BIG Dropoff this next year from the Offensive Line. In False Starts and Illegal Procedure Penalties. KO and Hicks had lots of them.



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    Re: Rhoads eyes growth from 'blue-collar' line

    I just can't believe that Tuftee and Lichtenberg are already juniors. That stinks. I was hoping they were still sophomores as far as eligibility goes.



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    Re: Rhoads eyes growth from 'blue-collar' line

    time marches on



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    Re: Rhoads eyes growth from 'blue-collar' line

    Really hoping Tuftee can stay healthy for a full season. If so, think he will be one of the top three LG's in the league. For me personally, the most encouraging aspect about last year was the development of our young guys up front. From the UT game through the end of the year was like comparing night and day. With continued improvement over the summer and barring major injury, I agree we can be as good if not better than last year.



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    Re: Rhoads eyes growth from 'blue-collar' line

    Quote Originally Posted by UNIGuy4Cy View Post
    I actually think the losses from 2010 were bigger than the losses from 2011. Laamack graduating was a huge blow last season. Also Hicks and KO were consistently hurt last season, so the guys behind them got some major snaps.
    I don't know...Farniok really stepped it up and had a big year starting as a Freshman.


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    Re: Rhoads eyes growth from 'blue-collar' line

    Quote Originally Posted by cy4prez7 View Post
    I don't know...Farniok really stepped it up and had a big year starting as a Freshman.
    He played well for a freshman, but even he said that he was going against players who were just physical mismatches. He wasn't as big as the upperclassmen he was facing at DT. The fact that he held his own with that disadvantage is what makes me very excited about his future and the line's future.



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    Re: Rhoads eyes growth from 'blue-collar' line

    I wont disagree cy4prez but think how good we will be at center this year and how much experience we lost with Leemack gone. The center position plays such a huge role in a consistent offense.



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