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    What can be unexpected strengths?

    I think there are several spots that could surprise ISU fans.
    1. JJ Bass looks like the real deal. We could be very good at running back.
    2. Allan Bell could be the anchor for a surprisingly strong defensive backfield
    3. Wallace Franklin if he makes it to school, could add to a super receiving corp
    I know this is a leap of faith, but interested in others take.



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    Re: What can be unexpected strengths?

    We theoretically have a very strong WR corps. Of course, it didn't do much for us last year.



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    Re: What can be unexpected strengths?

    i keep hearing about bass, and i am excited dont get me wrong, but honestly i want to see how good cameron bell is.. (thats right isnt it?) being a freshmen running back, it will be interesting to see if he ends up actually being a back that can help more then 2 years!

    also i will be excited to see if our defensive line steps up, because if they do, we could end up being pretty good on the Defensive side


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    Re: What can be unexpected strengths?

    I've seen Chris Weir play before and he will start on the defensive line, there are no two ways around it. If the guy didn't get hurt, he would probably have gone to an elite program and started there too. In either case, I'm positive he will be an impact player.



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    Re: What can be unexpected strengths?

    Quote Originally Posted by arganbright2 View Post
    I've seen Chris Weir play before and he will start on the defensive line, there are no two ways around it. If the guy didn't get hurt, he would probably have gone to an elite program and started there too. In either case, I'm positive he will be an impact player.
    Amen brotha. I've heard wonderful things about Weir, and your opinion just solidifies that more. Another guy I'm really excited for is Randy Kellman. 6-6, 260, 4.7 speed? I don't care if he can't contribute right now, we have him four years. Those are some freakish numbers.



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    Re: What can be unexpected strengths?

    I think we see Meyer take his game to another level. With a new QB coach re-teaching him proper technique (esp. looking off receivers & going through his reads) and Arnaud breathing down his neck, he should really blossom in his senior year...



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    Re: What can be unexpected strengths?

    I am just excited to consider the team could actually be better when they start the big 12 than the beginning of the year. I am just looking for constant improvement.


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    Re: What can be unexpected strengths?

    I really hope the defensive line recruits are pleasant surprises. I really like what I've read about Chris Weir and Randy Kellman.

    I have seen Michael Tate play in high school and he was an outstanding freshman prospect at Arkansas before the U of A Campus police pulled him over with a user's quantity of "demon weed". He could be impact player for two years.

    Haven't been paying much attention lately, but I hope he is on-track to be academically eligible or hasn't been kicked off the team already.



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    Re: What can be unexpected strengths?

    The videos of Bass look great...he hits the hole, no juking side to side like Stevie and he really accelerates. Also very good receiver with break-a-way speed. If the videos are any indication, he is exactly what we need. With the speed of the game today, you have to hit the hole now, not after two fakes.



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    Re: What can be unexpected strengths?

    Hopefully our strengths with be the element of surprise with new systems on both sides of the ball.


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    Re: What can be unexpected strengths?

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    I am just excited to consider the team could actually be better when they start the big 12 than the beginning of the year. I am just looking for constant improvement.
    Amen. Definitely looking for a steady constant improvement throughout the year.



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    Re: What can be unexpected strengths?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUKyro View Post
    Amen. Definitely looking for a steady constant improvement throughout the year.
    I'm starting to think Bass will be the surprise. Sure, the diehards here at the forums know about him, but the rest of the casual Cyclone fanbase doesn't. I'm fully expecting him to be all talk and no walk, but he's got the swagger already. I just hope that swagger infects the rest of the team.


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    Re: What can be unexpected strengths?

    Randy Kellman used to go to the Hun School in New Jersey. For those of you familiar with the school, it is a football factory. I expect big things from this guy too, and Cameron Bell just looks like a football player. Sounds stupid but I think he is going to have a big career at Iowa State



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