AMES, Iowa Iowa State junior tight end Ricky Howard grew up in Hesperia, Calif. The town of nearly 63,000 is actually in the high desert, east of Los Angeles and just north of San Bernardino. It lies near the San Andreas Fault and Howard has experienced a few tremors in his lifetime. The Cyclone football coaching staff is banking on the 6-5, 250 pounder to make things rumble in Jack Trice Stadium next fall.

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