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You would be hard pressed to find a Cyclone fan who would call Stevie Hicks the greatest Iowa State running back of all-time, but there is no arguing the production during his four-year career lasting from 2003-2006.

Hicks remains the only player in Iowa State football history to lead the team in rushing in four straight seasons. The Omaha native rushed for 2,601 yards during his Cyclone career, which remains the eighth-highest total in program history.

His best single-season output came in 2004 when he rushed for 1,062 yards while playing alongside Bret Meyer and Todd Blythe. Hicks battled injuries throughout his Iowa State career but still was able to record 10 games of 100 yards or more, which is tied for the seventh most in an Iowa State career.

Hicks tragically passed away in 2008, but he will always be remembered as one of the most productive backs in school history during one of the program’s more successful stretches.

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.