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    ESPN Spring Review

    This is the Big XII North...

    ESPN - Breaking down the Big 12 North - College Football


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    2008 Schedule



    Aug. 28 South Dakota State
    Sept. 6 Kent State
    Sept. 13 @ Iowa
    Sept. 20 @ UNLV
    Oct. 4 Kansas
    Oct. 11 @ Baylor
    Oct. 18 Nebraska
    Oct. 25 Texas A&M
    Nov. 1 @ Oklahoma State
    Nov. 8 @ Colorado
    Nov. 15 Missouri
    Nov. 22 @ Kansas State







    2007 overall record:
    3-9

    2007 conference record:
    2-6

    Returning starters
    Offense: 7, defense: 7, kicker/punter: 1

    Top returners
    G Reggie Stephens, QB Austen Arnaud, RB Jason Scales, RB Alexander Robinson, WR R.J. Sumrall, G Ben Lamaak, DE Kurtis Taylor, LB Jesse Smith, CB Chris Singleton, S Chris Brown
    Key losses
    QB Bret Meyer, WR Todd Blythe, LB Alvin Bowen, DT Bryce Braaksma, NG Ahtyba Rubin, TE Ben Barkema, LB Jon Banks
    2007 statistical leaders (* returners)
    Rushing: Alexander Robinson* (465 yds)
    Passing: Bret Meyer (2,151 yds)
    Receiving: Todd Blythe* (779 yds)
    Tackles: Alvin Bowen (99)
    Sacks: Kurtis Taylor* (6.5)
    Interceptions: Chris Singleton* (4)

    Spring answers

    1. Backfield depth: Coach Gene Chizik has found several potential contributors from a tailback group that includes sophomore Alexander Robinson and seniors Jason Scales and J.J. Bass. All of them produced a 100-yard game last season. Robinson and Scales are hooked up in a tight battle, with Bass behind after he was suspended late in spring practice. Look for Chizik to utilize a combination of players to fill this hole, depending on game situations.
    2. Lyle steps up: Defensive end Christopher Lyle, a transfer from Butler (Kan.) Community College, produced several big plays late in camp, including a sack and two tackles for losses in the spring game. Lyle and Kurtis Brown will be a big upgrade as pass-rushing threats for a Cyclone defense that needs more consistent pressure against opposing quarterbacks.
    3. Lamaak settles at guard: Converted high-school quarterback Ben Lamaak, a 6-4, 320-pounder who has played eight positions in college, has become comfortable at guard along with tackle. Lamaak started every game last season as a freshman at tackle, but could be better suited by moving inside. "He came here to play tight end," ISU quarterback Austen Arnaud told the Des Moines Register. "I guess they say he ate his way out of it."
    Fall questions

    1. Settle on a QB: Austen Arnaud and converted WR Phillip Bates are locked in a tight battle for the starting job to replace Bret Meyer. Bates surprised ISU coaches with his quick grasp of the offense -- enough that Chizik is talking about alternating them during the fall. "We expected Austen to be further along, which he was," Chizik said. "But Phillip is closing the gap a good bit."
    2. Offensive playmakers: The Cyclones' moribund offense ranked last in the Big 12 with an average of 18.2 points per game last season, producing just 3.1 yards per care and 9.6 yards per catch. Bates said the Cyclones will be fine in the fall. "We can take it from anywhere," he said. "Coach has put us in the right situation. If we're in the open field, we just have to take it to the house."
    3. Help in the trenches: With both starting tackles gone from last season, defensive coordinator Wayne Bolt was looking for some help inside. Two-year letter-winner Nate Frere has the edge at nose guard over freshman Jerrod Black and Bailey Johnson are in front of Chris Weir at defensive tackle. Development against the run will be important for a young group without much game experience.


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    Re: ESPN Spring Review

    I still get annoyed with people simply calling Bates a converted WR. It just feels kind of dirty. Like we can't recruit a QB and have to move people around.



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    Re: ESPN Spring Review

    Quote Originally Posted by d4nim4l View Post
    I still get annoyed with people simply calling Bates a converted WR. It just feels kind of dirty. Like we can't recruit a QB and have to move people around.
    I agree - it also discredits their writing/research for a column, seeing as we all know he was a recruited QB who is freakishly athletic and had to be put on the field in some capacity. I think they just come off as dumb!


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    Re: ESPN Spring Review

    I read it as QB-turned-WR. It could've been written better, but no need to go Chicken Little.


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    Re: ESPN Spring Review

    who is Kurtis Brown?



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    Re: ESPN Spring Review

    Bates played QB in HS, did he not?



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    Re: ESPN Spring Review

    I'm curious as to who "Kurtis Brown" is and what position he'll play that will help Lyle with the pass rush.

    But I'm somewhat excited to see that Todd Blythe will be returning!



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    Re: ESPN Spring Review

    someone pointing out that Blythe was listed in the key losses in 5...4.....3....2...1...



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    Re: ESPN Spring Review

    Quote Originally Posted by clone2011 View Post
    But I'm somewhat excited to see that Todd Blythe will be returning!
    Nice, I didn't even see the asterisk. Another awesome piece of research. These news sources, who ever it is, usually has fact checkers too... interesting.


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    Re: ESPN Spring Review

    sweet blythe has an *...he's coming back!


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    Re: ESPN Spring Review

    I imagine that Kurtis Brown is Kurtis Taylor. Jeez is it that hard to keep a guys' name right, he was listed as the leader in sacks correctly.



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