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Todd Blythe. Allen Lazard. Tracy Henderson. Lane Danielsen.

All of those men are considered among the best receivers in Iowa State football history. But, none of them is the first great modern Cyclone wide receiver.

That distinction belongs to Eppie Barney.

Barney was recruited as a running back for Clay Stapleton’s run-heavy scheme of the early-to-mid-1960s, but a change in philosophy led Stapleton to move Barney outside prior to the 1965 season.

The Cleveland native responded by catching 35 passes and being an All-Big Eight selection in his first season at the position, but it was in 1966 when he truly made his mark. Barney caught 56 passes for 782 yards, both Big Eight records at the time, on his way to earning All-American honors.

His 11 catches and 175 yards against Arizona that season were also new Big Eight records. Barney went on to be selected in the third round of the 1967 NFL Draft by his hometown Browns.

He was inducted into the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

Jared Stansbury


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.