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    ISU ushers in new era at receiver - Ames Trib Article

    ISU ushers in new era at receiver
    By: Bobby La Gesse
    It will be hard for Iowa State to move on without Todd Blythe. He's only arguably the best wide receiver in school history. He's a tough act to follow, but someone has to do it.
    And for the Cyclones, that someone is a less heralded group of receivers who hope to follow up Blythe's big-time act by moving the first down chains, just like Blythe did, and in turn, make life easier for ISU's new crop of quarterbacks.
    "We know we have to play without him, his eligibility is up and we have to step in and make plays, especially the young guys," wide receiver Marquis Hamilton said.
    Probably a good deal of that pressure may fall on Hamilton.
    Blythe, who holds school records for catches, receiving yards and touchdowns, was ISU's downfield threat and end zone target the last four years. Hamilton is the Cyclone best equipped to take over that role.
    Hamilton's 534 receiving yards and 11.9 yard per catch trailed only Blythe in both categories. And while Hamilton only had one touchdown catch last year, his 6-foot-3 frame is ideal for lobbing post routes to for touchdowns.
    But when you talk to Hamilton he says the responsibility of replacing Blythe falls on the entire receiving corps, not just him. And wide receiver coach Jay Rogers doesn't care how ISU goes about replacing Blythe, as long as he can find someone willing to catch the ball on Saturday's.
    "We will find ways to get guys the football that can do something with it," Rodgers said. "If a guy in the spring time shows up to be a person who can really, really take the football in his hands and take it to the end zone, we will find ways to get it to him. If that's what we have to do to win football games, then that's what we are going to do."
    Several Cyclones could fit that description.
    R.J. Sumrall led ISU in catches with 54 last year, two more than Blythe. He served a possession receiver in 2007 and can help the Cyclones move the chains on third down in the fall.
    Incoming receivers Sedrick Johnson, a four-star Rivals.com Texas high school signee, and Jason Carlson, a junior college transfer, can use their speed to turn any catch into a game breaking play. But ISU must wait until two-a-days to see how much the duo will add to the receiving group.
    But right now, Rodgers wants to develop depth at the position. Wallace Franklin and Euseph Messiah, who saw limited action a year ago, are getting more reps while former scout team standout Jake Williams has impressed Rodgers with his ability to make big catches in team drills.
    "We have some kids who are learning every day and getting better every day, but we aren't even close to where we need to be yet," Rodgers said.
    He'd like to see his receivers get more yards after catches, run crisper routes and be more aggressive catching the football. If the receivers do that, they'll make the adjustment to Big 12 football a lot smoother for quarterbacks Austen Arnaud and Phillip Bates.
    And they'll also make the transition from the Blythe era a smooth one.
    Bobby La Gesse can be reached at 232-2161, Ext. 358, or rlagesse@amestrib.com.



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    Re: ISU ushers in new era at receiver - Ames Trib Article

    I've read a few things about Williams lately. Seems like he is making progress. I don't recall him being given a scholly.



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    Re: ISU ushers in new era at receiver - Ames Trib Article

    i wish blythe couldve got the ball more, he only had 500 some recieving yards, thats dumb



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    Re: ISU ushers in new era at receiver - Ames Trib Article

    I hope the coaches teach the new receivers to block like the Kansas receivers did. That was a huge difference last year in the ISU vs KU game. The KU receivers were blocking down field.



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    Re: ISU ushers in new era at receiver - Ames Trib Article

    good piece. honestly, i liked blythe, but i thought big body made more impressive plays than blythe, except of course the catch against texas when his helmet was ripped off. hamilton is a beast, and has more big play ability than blythe, because while blythe made some nice catches, what impresses me with recievers is YAC, and he didnt always get alot of YAC. sumrall needs to step up too, he did have quite a few catches last year, but he was also thrown too a lot more than anyone else. i think our offense will end up being better next year, but i have some reservations about our D.



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    Re: ISU ushers in new era at receiver - Ames Trib Article

    Hamilton has amazing hands. I'm looking forward to seeing him be the featured receiver the next two years.




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    Re: ISU ushers in new era at receiver - Ames Trib Article

    I hardly think that Hamilton will be the featured receiver. If he is, it says bad things for what this team will be doing. He's a slot/underneath receiver, and not much more. A very effective slot receiver, but a slot receiver nonetheless.



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    Re: ISU ushers in new era at receiver - Ames Trib Article

    Blythe caught basically EVERYTHING thrown his way, but he did seem to lack in YAC yards (as many of our guys did.) Ability to make something positive happen after the catch is good.

    Plus Blythe wasn't a standout downfield blocker, ISU has been known for great catching WR's over the past years, but we need someone who can put the Talib's of the world on their butts.


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    Re: ISU ushers in new era at receiver - Ames Trib Article

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    Hamilton has amazing hands. I'm looking forward to seeing him be the featured receiver the next two years.
    Ditto. I've been high on him since the day he arrived.

    If Sedrick Johnson is as good as advertised, that duo will be rather dangerous.



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    Re: ISU ushers in new era at receiver - Ames Trib Article

    The lack of YAC for Blythe wasn't all his fault. It seemed like he was either in the end zone or going for a jump ball most of the time. Hard to get YAC out of those things. It would be very nice to see our slot receiver take a slant to the house once in a while though. But the outside guys have to occupy the safties to do it. A lot of it is about the system.


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    Re: ISU ushers in new era at receiver - Ames Trib Article

    Quote Originally Posted by Aclone View Post
    I hardly think that Hamilton will be the featured receiver. If he is, it says bad things for what this team will be doing. He's a slot/underneath receiver, and not much more. A very effective slot receiver, but a slot receiver nonetheless.
    Did you watch Hamilton play last year? This seems like a very uninformed opinion. Hamilton has size, great hands, and is a great blocker. He will be our featured receiver, which will be a very good thing for us.



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    Re: ISU ushers in new era at receiver - Ames Trib Article

    Am I the only one who will breathe a huge sigh of relief when Sed actually steps on campus this summer?



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    Re: ISU ushers in new era at receiver - Ames Trib Article

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    Did you watch Hamilton play last year? This seems like a very uninformed opinion. Hamilton has size, great hands, and is a great blocker. He will be our featured receiver, which will be a very good thing for us.
    As an all-around receiver...

    Hamilton > Blythe

    I said this last year and I still stand by it. One of the reasons we'll be better this year is attrition. Graduation was a good thing for us at the end of last fall...like it or not. The old attitude needed to leave the building, at it has.

    *sits back and watches*



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    Re: ISU ushers in new era at receiver - Ames Trib Article

    Hamilton goes over the middle and makes the tough catches - something guys like Blythe never really did with regularity. He made multiple catches last year where a really hard hit was put on him right as the ball got to him and he held on. He's a tough SOB and he wasn't really used to stretch the field much last year since that was Blythe's real strength.

    I feel like sometimes I'm mister negative around here but I really don't think there is anything Hamilton can't do. He may not be the speediest guy but he makes up for it by using his body well, his leaping ability, and his great hands.




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    Re: ISU ushers in new era at receiver - Ames Trib Article

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    As an all-around receiver...

    Hamilton > Blythe

    I said this last year and I still stand by it. One of the reasons we'll be better this year is attrition. Graduation was a good thing for us at the end of last fall...like it or not. The old attitude needed to leave the building, at it has.

    *sits back and watches*

    I agree 100%



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