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WILLIAMS: Hope for Iowa State’s defense

 AMES --- First things first: The future success of junior college transfers is as unpredictable as Royce White's Twitter feed back in the day. Let me make that very clear right now. Quite often, there is a ton of hype surrounding a JUCO prospect but the tra...

Week one depth chart notes

AMES --- Welcome to game week. Iowa State released its depth chart for Saturday’s season opener against North Dakota State on Monday morning and as always in week one, there were a few eyebrow-raising moves.Specifically, why is sophomore wide receiver D’Vario Montgomery listed as fourth-string?Interesting, indeed.*** View the dep...

Drake Ferch proved his mettle at home, then at ISU

 AMES — When the three Ferch boys lined up for front-yard football games in State Center, the ground rules were set in concrete. The street was out of bounds.  The unforgiving curb served as the edge of the sideline.“There were a few broken bones here and there,” Iowa State linebacker Drake Ferch said. It’s that home-grow...

Williams: Position-by-position depth chart jottings

AMES --- A week after the start of fall camp, Iowa State held its football media day on Sunday at Jack Trice Stadium and with that, head coach Paul Rhoads released a shiny new depth chart. While it wasn't exactly full of surprises, it does provide us an opportunity to go position-by-position and analyze key position battles that will ...

JUCO’s arrive & impress on day one of camp

AMES --- Like it or not, the success of Iowa State’s defense in 2014 could hinge on how two junior college transfers, Dale Pierson and Trent Taylor, adapt to the Division I game.It is no secret at all that the Cyclones need depth on its defensive front-seven. It is early. Very early. But so far, so good. After a brief delay during t...

Massive Memorial Day Weekend Mailbag

I don’t think that I’ve ever done this, but I’d like to post this Memorial Day mailbag in honor of my late, great Uncle Dean Livingston who passed away earlier this week. My Uncle Dean was a great journalist and being that we are the only two “media men” that I know of in my entire family tree, I always felt a special bond with him, even though I only met him twice in my 29-years of life. My "style" of journalism is a heck of a lot different than what ...

Post-spring position rankings

That was bizarre. I’m speaking of Iowa State’s recent spring football session that wrapped up a few weeks ago, of course. The Cyclones went through drills with six new assistant coaches leading the way. Two starters at defensive tackle (Rodney Coe and David...