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    CFN Spring Preview

    This is College Football News spring preview for ISU:

    The early spring buzz … In the bizarre off-season, the program needs Paul Rhoads to try to build on any little successes there might have been under Gene Chizik. There weren’t many. Step one continues to be to get the right players to come to Ames. No, Iowa State isn’t going to battle Oklahoma and Texas for five-star talents, but it can get good players who can fit the right system. Now it’ll be up to Rhoads to make that system work. Chizik couldn’t get the defense to produce, but Rhoads, a defensive coach by trade, will make that his first priority.

    The big spring question is … Does Iowa State have anyone who can play? Yes, but youth is still a problem and depth will continue to be an issue. Alexander Robinson is a promising running back who can do more. The offensive line started three underclassmen and has decent potential going into the season after doing a decent job last year. And then there’s the defense. A nightmare at times, at least it’ll be more experienced with seven starters returning highlighted by a decent linebacking corps. So no, Iowa State won’t have the elite-level players of some of the other Big 12 teams, but there’s enough to work with to hope for a much better season.

    The most important position to watch is … Safety. Everything Rhoads will want to do with the defense, with an emphasis on speed and athleticism, will start with getting improved play from the safeties. That might be tough early on with James Smith and Brandon Hunley gone. Zac Sandvig got a little bit of work last year making 19 tackles, and now he’ll get the first look at stepping in at strong safety in place of Hunley. Michael O’Connell has been a punt returner who’ll get a shot to see time at free safety.

    Spring attitude … Figure out who can play. It was such a whirlwind circus to get Rhoads in and to start coming up with a recruiting class that the program was behind well before the new coaching staff had to come up with any place to start … getting a new coaching staff in place to begin with was a key. There are plenty of options to choose from with so many young players getting involved last year meaning there will be some interesting choices to make.
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    It amazes me the lack of research that goes into these previews. James Smith isn't gone. If Iowa State has someone that can play, it's Arnaud. The linebacking corp isn't decent. The most important position to watch for development would be the defensive line. Also, Chizik was a defense coach by trade as well.


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    Re: CFN Spring Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneG View Post
    It amazes me the lack of research that goes into these previews. James Smith isn't gone. If Iowa State has someone that can play, it's Arnaud. The linebacking corp isn't decent. The most important position to watch for development would be the defensive line. Also, Chizik was a defense coach by trade as well.
    Also, losing safeties wasn't necessarily a bad thing (unless it was really a scheme problem).


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    Re: CFN Spring Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by jaretac View Post
    This is College Football News spring preview for ISU:

    James Smith gone?

    To see the rest of the article including the rest of the Big12, click here.
    Not sure how much time this guy took to write the preview but pretty sure James is not gone...



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    Uh...James Smith is still around, is he not?



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    Re: CFN Spring Preview

    I just also wanted to ask if James Smith was gone.



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    Losing Hunley is a good thing, and watching David Sims play I think he can step in and play safety over Sandvig or O'Connel. Yes Smith is still here.



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    Re: CFN Spring Preview

    Even better is this article, written by the same author, that highlights Smith as the most important defensive player returning.



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    Re: CFN Spring Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by d4nim4l View Post
    Even better is this article, written by the same author, that highlights Smith as the most important defensive player returning.
    Wow, just wow. Maybe he has a new job lined up somewhere and he just doesn't care.


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    Re: CFN Spring Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by IOWASTATE View Post
    Losing Hunley is a good thing.
    But he made that hit against Kansas, what do you mean?



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    Re: CFN Spring Preview

    Yeah, not a great write up. Should have attempted a little research.



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    Re: CFN Spring Preview

    i thought james smith was still around


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    I really used to respect CFN but now it's just gone downhill if you aren't one of the top 6 teams in the Big XII.



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    Quote Originally Posted by d4nim4l View Post
    I really used to respect CFN but now it's just gone downhill if you aren't one of the top 6 teams in the Big XII.
    When CFN first really came around, we were one of the six best teams in the Big12.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jaretac View Post
    When CFN first really came around, we were one of the six best teams in the Big12.
    I thought of that after I wrote what I said. Maybe they're so mad we blew up their predictions that they are sabotaging our articles.



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