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“Childish” activities helping new-look ISU program build lasting bonds off the court

SIOUX FALLS, SD – MARCH 7: Robert Jones #21 of the Denver Pioneers tries to go up for a shot against Rocky Kreuser #34 of the North Dakota State Bison at the 2020 Summit League Basketball Championship in Sioux Falls, SD. (Photo by Richard Carlson/Inertia) Summit League Basketball Tournament  Kyle Green led the way to …
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ISU grad transfers plan to serve as beacons for the Cyclones in a bounceback season

Mar 3, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard Izaiah Brockington (12) defends as Minnesota Golden Gophers guard Marcus Carr (5) shoots the ball during the second half at Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State State defeated Minnesota 84-65. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports  Gabe Kalscheur started every game he played during …
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A commitment to defense fuels dreams of renewed “magic” for ISU hoops newcomers

Mar 4, 2020; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels guard Blake Hinson (0) celebrates during the final seconds during the second half against the Missouri Tigers at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports Blake Hinson has sat out. Been counted out. Suffered through a non-COVID-19 illness while watching his new team …
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THE CLIMB: Jacob Imming, ISU’s first Class of 2022 commit, wowed during recent offical visit

Jacob Imming had made this climb before.  Rung by rung, the first player to commit to Iowa State’s football Class of 2022 ascended the ladder, positioning himself about 25 feet above the ground in order to … reach into the gutter.  All in a day’s work earlier this month — until Imming’s mobile phone buzzed …
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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 …