Football

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: Day 27

It seems hard to believe, but in the history of Iowa State football only two players have led the team in rushing for four straight seasons.

Troy or Darren Davis did not accomplish the feat. Neither did Dexter Green or Ennis Haywood. No, the only two players to ever lead Iowa State in rushing four straight years are Stevie Hicks and Alexander Robinson.

We will focus on the first one today with 27 days until Iowa State’s season opening kickoff against Northern Iowa.

Hicks burst onto the scene in 2003 when he rushed for 471 yards, a program record for a first year player at the time, as a redshirt freshman. Hicks’ best season came in 2004 when he rushed for 1,062 yards on 270 carries with five touchdowns.

The biggest game of Hicks’ career came at the end of that 2004 season as he ran for 159 yards and a score on 27 carries in the Cyclones’ win over Miami (OH) in the Independence Bowl.

Hicks’ next two seasons were marred by injuries, but he was still able to finish his career with 2,601 rushing yards, which is eighth in program history.

Hicks passed away at the age of 25 in 2008, but the first of two players to lead Iowa State in rushing four straight seasons is not far from Cyclone fans’ memories.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.