One last game: Jake Knott reflects on Paul Rhoads’ finale

 “Epic.” That’s how Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads, who will lead the team onto the field one last time 11 a.m. Saturday at West Virginia, described his first commitment’s last game as a Cyclone. That player — Jake Knott — became a legend, t...

Some guys: Darren Davis on Cy-Hawk heroes

AMES — “Some guy.” Iowa State legend Darren Davis chuckled as he spoke those words over the phone from his hometown of Homestead, Fla. Those perfectly apt two words, composed of seven letters and two syllables, form the bridge that links the ordinary to t...

Knott, George credit Oyster with saving their NFL careers

AMES — When former Iowa State all-American linebacker Jake Knott needed a helping, but firm hand, he looked to Clayton Oyster. Time and again, Knott — who inked a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins late last season — found the Cyclones’ then-assistant...

Jake Knott attacking another “bump in the road”

 AMES — It’s a well-established fact that former ISU all-American Jake Knott regards the concept of self-pity the same way he often treated Big 12 running backs, quarterbacks and receivers. He attacks its underlying framework, tears it down, and stomps i...

Epic: Looking back at Jake Knott’s ISU curtain call

  AMES — The phone buzzed. Paul Rhoads recognized the number. “Hi, coach,” said the voice on the other end that fateful October, 2012 day.   It was supposed to be a farewell call — a too-soon parting message from a formerly unwanted athlete who became Rh...

Cy-Hawk memories abound for Rhoads

AMES — The cherished Cy-Hawk Series memories popped like flash bulbs in Paul Rhoads’ mind. There’s 1998: When the current ISU head coach mentored the Cyclone linebackers during a dominant, Darren Davis-led 27-9 triumph at Iowa that snapped a 15-game skid agains...

Jevohn Miller: “I can’t just lead by example anymore”

 AMES — It’s April of 2011. The air is crisp; the tulips in full bloom as then-true freshman Iowa State linebacker Jevohn Miller’s padding up for his first spring game. Miller, now a senior for the Cyclones, had arrived on the ISU campus early after finishing ...

Camp Insider: Meeks riding tall in the saddle at MIKE

AMES — There’s a freshly-minted No.1 MIKE linebacker in Ames and Cyclone defensive coordinator Wally Burnham rustled up an Old West reference to explain why Alton Meeks is that guy.“He’s stayed a step ahead of the posse, so to speak, and done a few more...

Cyclones in the NFL: Preseason schedules

The NFL's preseason has technically already begun, but Thursday will be an active night with six games being on the docket. Friday night is jam-packed too. According to our unofficial calculations, 15 former Cyclones are in NFL camps this summer. Want to watch them? Here is a list of who is playing where. We have also linked that pl...