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When you look at the Iowa State football passing record lists, one name owns the books. Bret Meyer finished his Iowa State career, which lasted from 2004-2007, as the Cyclones’ all-time leader in completions, pass attempts, passing yards and passing touchdowns after playing in 48 games.

Meyer’s 2005 and 2006 seasons both rank in the top-10 for passing yards in a single-season. The Atlantic native threw for 2,876 yards in 2005 while leading the Cyclones to the Houston Bowl and a tie for second place in the Big 12 North.

Meyer took over as the program’s starting quarterback in 2004, helping the team tie for the Big 12 North title and a win in the Independence Bowl.

His senior season in 2007 was his least productive as a collegian, but there is no doubting Meyer left a successful legacy in cardinal and gold.

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.

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