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    Keeler: ISU's Scales running like Big 12 back

    Got this out of the DMR


    Ames, Ia. - Jason Scales is running angry. By all accounts, the Iowa State junior has been a holy terror of late, pads low, knees high, breaking arm tackles and taking names.

    "He's running like a Big 12 back," linebacker Alvin Bowen said Saturday after the Cyclones shivered through an outdoor scrimmage at Jack Trice Stadium. "Me and (linebacker) Jon Banks have been trying to compare him to another back that's running that strong."

    And here's the kicker: They couldn't come up with one.

    "(Former Oklahoma star Adrian) Peterson - he ran hard, but he was kind of injured," Bowen continued. "He didn't run that hard every game. But Scales is running pretty good."

    Good enough to go into the final week of spring ball as the Cyclones' No. 1 tailback - and the No. 1 target for junior-college star J.J. Bass when he arrives on campus this summer.

    "He's the one who's been there and done that," coach Gene Chizik said of Scales, who rushed for more than 6,000 yards as a prep at West Des Moines Valley. "On top of that, he's produced this spring to the point where we would say he would be the leader."

    This derby is going to continue well into August; all the 5-foot-9, 217-pound Scales has locked up is the first leg of the race. But when you're dealing with a new staff and new expectations, a good first impression never hurts.

    "Anytime you're learning new things, you have to get adjusted," said Scales, who ran for 176 yards - 3.3 per carry - and two touchdowns in nine games last fall as Stevie Hicks' backup. "You have to learn the new verbiage of the system and everything. We're all coming along pretty good with it. We're being physical. It's just a good time. We're enjoying playing football."

    Especially Scales, whose football career in Ames has taken more bizarre twists than a Stephen King novel. After working his way onto the two-deep as a freshman in 2004, he missed the entire 2005 season following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Last August, the injury bug bit again - only this time, it was the left knee.

    Scales rebounded well enough to start at Kansas State last Oct. 28 - rambling for 67 yards and a score on 12 carries - but was forced to sit out the second half of the day with a bum ankle. If it wasn't for bad luck ...

    "I don't look to the past; I just look to the future," Scales said. "That's all I want to do, worry about going into the future and what I can do right now to help out this football team.

    "I'm doing well. I'm feeling really good so far. Hopefully, it'll stay that way."

    Hopefully. When the Cyclones were right under former coach Dan McCarney - the 2000, 2001, 2004 campaigns come to mind - they had four elements in common: They ran the ball at will; stopped (or at least slowed) the run; forced a slew of turnovers; and rarely beat themselves. Those teams had something else in common, too: A 1,000-yard rusher. A bellcow.

    To his credit, Chizik doesn't plan to stray too far from the formula. He inherited a top-flight quarterback and a stud No. 1 receiver. But to take advantage of those two strengths, he knows he needs a hoss in the backfield to set the tone. Run angry. Leave his mark. Preferably, a bruise.

    "When you're hitting Scales, you have got to bring it," Bowen explained. "If you don't bring it, you just might get run over."

    In other words, sounds like a Big 12 back. In fact, it sounds perfect.


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    ESPN.com picked Hilton Coliseum as the "Hot Arena" in the Big 12...coaches in the league noted that, "regardless of talent, the Cyclones have a home court like no other."

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    Re: Keeler: ISU's Scales running like Big 12 back

    That sounds like a back we haven't seen in a while. I love it!


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    Re: Keeler: ISU's Scales running like Big 12 back

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone62 View Post
    That sounds like a back we haven't seen in a while. I love it!
    Scales or Keelor??
    Did I miss the derogitory comments or backhanded compliments toward ISU??



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    Re: Keeler: ISU's Scales running like Big 12 back

    Quote Originally Posted by uro cy View Post
    Scales or Keelor??
    Did I miss the derogitory comments or backhanded compliments toward ISU??
    I sure didn't see any!

    I was hoping one of our existing backs would be able to push Bass going into the season this summer. I saw Bass' attitude as a disaster in the making, but as long as he has competition for the #1 spot, it's only going to make Scales or Bass better.


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    Re: Keeler: ISU's Scales running like Big 12 back

    If there is one good thing about Chizik that I haven't seen in a long time it's the competition. When was the last time a 3 year starting QB was being pushed for the starting job? Early on Bass was assumed to be a shoe in for the starting position - but now he's in for a fight.

    No one is assuming anything. Everyone is in a dog-fight for playing time. I do believe that win or lose we're all gonna love the new attitude.



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    Re: Keeler: ISU's Scales running like Big 12 back

    trust me, Bass will be working harder than ever.. he knows that the Big 12 is going to be tough.. he has an attitude to win but he also has a hard work ethic... This will be an interesting year at RB, hopefully we can have the depth like Nebraska did last year... Josh Johnson was getting rave reviews last year, i wonder what happened to him



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    Re: Keeler: ISU's Scales running like Big 12 back

    I am glad he is running hard, he needs to prove himself. Can he pick up a blitz or double a rush end?

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    Re: Keeler: ISU's Scales running like Big 12 back

    Hopefully with our wide open offense, our backs won't have to pickup blitzes like they did last year. Maybe we can actually use the quick slant and bubble screen pass plays more.
    The more I think about last year, the more disasterous it seems!


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    Re: Keeler: ISU's Scales running like Big 12 back

    Gotta give Keeler credit, nice article. Maybe he's coming around, or maybe setting us up for a nasty story soon. Glad to hear Scales is back in the hunt. We'll need him.



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    Re: Keeler: ISU's Scales running like Big 12 back

    No doubt Scales has the speed if he can stay healthy.



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    Re: Keeler: ISU's Scales running like Big 12 back

    This derby is going to continue well into August; all the 5-foot-9, 217-pound Scales
    When did Scales bulk up? I don't remember him always being this big. Is it the new weight lifting system that's doing this? Have most of the players bulked up similar to this?



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    Re: Keeler: ISU's Scales running like Big 12 back

    I can only wonder what could've been in '05 with a healthy Jason Scales to fill the void when Hicks struggled with the injury (or a health Hicks for that matter).

    And in '06 - we could've won 1 more game, looking at that KSU game and Scales not playing at all in the 2nd half after 67 yards in the first. I think many forget we jumped out to a 10-0 lead in that game. Not that one more win last year would've mattered much....



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    Re: Keeler: ISU's Scales running like Big 12 back

    I'm all for some confusion as to who should be our back come Aug/ Sept- inter-squad competition is great for player development.



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    Re: Keeler: ISU's Scales running like Big 12 back

    I don't know what I'm more surprised by, a healthy Jason Scales or an article written by Sean Keeler that isn't condescending in nature.



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    They HAVE to respect us. This is a new era at ISU.

    Quote Originally Posted by uro cy View Post
    Scales or Keelor??
    Did I miss the derogitory comments or backhanded compliments toward ISU??
    I believe this DM Register attitude comes from JP, GMac, And GC and CS. The new guys, I believe, command a ton more respect that the last ones at their positions. This is a whole new era and I think the Register knows they have to get on board, or watch other regional media get the upper hand on scoop from ISU.



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