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BASH BROTHERS: Ben Bruns hands off sideline reporting duties to former teammate, Ryan Harklau

Ben Bruns nervously blended into the huddle. The talented offensive lineman was running with the ones in practice as an Iowa State freshman in 1997, which, you know, was kind of a big deal.  A bit frightening, too.   So when tough-as-nails Cyclone fullback, Joe Parmentier, looked sideways and spoke, an anxious but eager Bruns listened …
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ISU strength coach Dave Andrews: “Player-led” approach for Cyclones making “huge difference”

Nov 23, 2019; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones tight end Charlie Kolar (88) enters the stadium before the game with the Kansas Jayhawks at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports Iowa State head football coach Matt Campbell doesn’t always like to single out the youngest players who have impressed him in …
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BRILLIANT SIMPLICITY: Every spring is about the same all-important “details” for ISU football

Jan 2, 2021; Glendale, AZ, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell is dunked with Gatorade by his players in the second half of the Fiesta Bowl against the Oregon Ducks at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Change is constant, but every spring practice slate remains the same for …
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NOTEBOOK: ISU DC Jon Heacock impressed by multiple safeties being “multiple”

Oct 31, 2020; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Greg Eisworth II (12) celebrates after recovering a fumble during the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports  It’s no secret that Iowa State returns almost its entire starting defense from a year …
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QUOTEBOOK: Jon Heacock and Tom Manning on ISU’s four top 2021 NFL Draft hopefuls

Dec 5, 2020; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State tight end Dylan Soehner (89) cheers with the rest of the Cyclones during their football game at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday. Iowa State would go on to defeat West Virginia 42-6. Mandatory Credit: Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports  The NFL Draft starts tomorrow and it’s extremely unlikely …
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ISU D-end Will McDonald used to “shock” people with his talent. Now he “outworks” them.

Oct 3, 2020; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State defensive end Will McDonald IV (9) celebrates a sack during their football game at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State would go on to defeat Oklahoma 37-30. Mandatory Credit: Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports It’s Drake Relays week, and please let me use the occasion to remind you that …
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Brock Purdy, ISU’s offense, embrace and promote sky-high expectations heading into 2021 season

Jan 2, 2021; Glendale, AZ, USA; Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy (15) scores a touchdown against the Oregon Ducks in the first half of the Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Brock Purdy started with what non-believers in Iowa State’s football program would consider a platitude.  Then …
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“Finding ways to fail” helps drive ISU star tight ends Charlie Kolar and Chase Allen

Jan 2, 2021; Glendale, AZ, USA; Iowa State Cyclones tight end Charlie Kolar (88) celebrates a touchdown against the Oregon Ducks in the Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Breen-USA TODAY Sports Charlie Kolar is now “shredded.” Chase Allen is rock-solid as always. The guys behind that dynamic senior duo in Iowa …
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ISU’s most experienced CBs Anthony Johnson and Datrone Young are bigger, faster and stronger

Sep 26, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Iowa State Cyclones linebacker Mike Rose (23) and defensive back Anthony Johnson Jr. (26) celebrate an interception in the fourth quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports  The operative — and borderline staggering — numbers of the day …
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Will McDonald and Enyi Uwaurike helping young players develop on ISU’s D-line

Nov 7, 2020; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State defensive end Eyioma Uwazurike (58) celebrates a sack with teammates Will McDonald (9) and O’Rien Vance (34) during their football game against Baylor at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State would go on to win 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports Iowa State’s top pass rusher is …