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When Ennis Haywood’s Iowa State career ended in 2001, only four Cyclones had run for more yards in their careers. Even now, Haywood sits sixth all-time on Iowa State’s all-time rushing charts with 2,862 career yards.

The Dallas, Texas native is also tied for sixth with 27 career rushing touchdowns and 12 100-yard rushing games. His 5.00 yards per carry is the fifth best career mark in program history and his 27 total touchdowns rank as the school’s ninth most.

Only two Iowa State players have more 200-yard rushing performances than Haywood’s three and both of them have the last name Davis. Haywood was a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2000 after rushing for 1,237 yards as a crucial part of one of the best offenses in program history.

Haywood tragically passed away in 2003 at the age of 23 just weeks prior to starting his second season with his hometown Dallas Cowboys.

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.