RB Hiawatha Rutland

2002 Statistics

Coach: Dan McCarney
36-57, 8 years
2002 Record: 7-7
vs. Florida State LOST 31-38
at Iowa WON 36-31
at Oklahoma LOST 3-49
at Texas LOST 10-21
at Kansas State LOST 7-58
at Colorado LOST 27-41
Boise State LOST 16-34

2002 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2003 Outlook

No Seneca Wallace, no expectations, no pressure. Not quite. Save for the no Seneca Wallace part, Iowa State likes the looks of this season.

The Cyclones bring back 40 of their top 48 players, with the noticeable exception of Wallace. But beyond Wallace's void, Iowa State's engines are running full throttle. They just need to find a new key. On defense, four senior starters are gone, but veteran back-ups lurk at every position. Even the Cyclones' kicker, punter and return specialists are back.

On offense, the game plan will change. None of the three QB possibilities are Wallace, whose unteachable qualities are irreplaceable. That includes everything from freelancing under pressure to the way he barks out signals. No matter how athletic Wallace's replacement is, there will be an adjustment period for the other 10 players on offense. Expect to see growing pains, such as procedure calls, a few botched snaps, etc., from everybody as the offense changes. They would be smart to tone any complexities down until the entire offensive engine is again running well. But, ironically, it could be to the team's benefit that Wallace - and his disappointing efforts in ranking the Cyclone's passing attack merely 43rd overall - is gone. He ultimately wasn't the team leader needed for victories. His heroics obviously may have won a few they easily could have lost, but Wallace's mistakes were often the team's downfall in hindsight. Not losing a game he should win proved harder than winning a game he shouldn't lose. The result this season should be a more focused QB NOT under national scrutiny weekly, which bodes well for creating a less-pressured playing atmosphere better suited for positive team results.

The 2002 Cyclone defense wore down easily in the last two 2002 games. Unless McCarney gets what he wants out of the weight room (he counts 62 Cyclones who need to muscle up) the same conditioning situation might be an unfortunate reality again.

With the grind of the Big 12, the Cyclones will feed off senior Jordan Carstens gobbling up space and double-teams in the middle. This defensive MVP plagues offensive midsections as he comes in under most offensive coordinator's radar (save those of you reading this). He considerably narrows the field for this generally undersized front seven. But he can't do all the work, and there may be a few other ways around match up problems. With corners good enough to handle one-on-one situations on the flanks, Iowa State will creep their talented safeties closer to the box. Toughness will again be the X-factor for any run-stopping duties, regardless.

The results are hard to predict. But a competitive edge shall emerge, making this team eager to prove their weak 2002 finish wasn't a sign of times to come. But in the toughest conference come many superior opponents. They could sneak up on a few, but most quality Big XII foes should handle this squad. A rebuilding year in many respects makes 2003 look like .500 ball is a good aim.

Projected 2003 record: 7-5
DT Jordan Carstens
RB Hiawatha Rutland
NG Nick Leaders
RB Stevie Hicks
QB Austin Flynn
QB - 2 DL - 3
RB - 4 LB - 2.5
WR - 4.5 DB - 4
OL - 2.5 ..

Passing: Chris Love, 10-5-0, 62 yds., 1 TD

Rushing: Hiawatha Rutland, 160 att., 614 yds., 6 TD

Receiving: Lane Danielsen, 63 rec., 1073 yds., 3 TD

Scoring: Adam Benike, 17-23 FG, 46-48 PAT, 97 pts.

Punting: Tony Yelk, 46 punts, 42.3 avg.

Kicking: Adam Benike, 17-23 FG, 46-48 PAT, 97 pts.

Tackles: Brandon Brown, 137 tot., 96 solo

Sacks: Brandon Brown, 6 sacks; Tyson Smith, 6 sacks

Interceptions: Ellis Hobbs, 2 for 0 yds.

Kickoff returns: Lance Young, 28 ret., 21.1 avg.

Punt returns: Todd Miller, 37 ret., 9.8 avg.


OFFENSE: Seneca Wallace-QB, Kyle Knock-TE, Zach Butler-C, Dwayne Johnson-OG
DEFENSE: Matt Word-MLB, Jeremy Loyd-SLB, Beau Coleman-DE, Atif Austin-CB

written by Ryan Hockensmith

At quarterback, a bevy of qualified candidates lurk, and they'll have plenty of weapons. Iowa State's top three running backs from a year ago will line up behind whoever wins the job, and the starter will have four veteran wide receivers to snag his passes. The only thing left to figure out is who it'll be. Coach Dan McCarney has a slew of capable options.

Massive junior Cris Love, who at 6'5" and 215 pounds stands seven inches taller and 20 pounds beefier than Wallace, spent the season at No. 2 on the ISU depth chart. But he threw only 10 passes, completing five, and insiders predict he could be as far down as third on the depth chart come August. Coaches love his feel for the game and toughness, but he's a stationary pocket passer, unlike what the entire offense has grown accustomed to with the extraordinarily elusive Wallace. Even if the pocket crumbles, this guy isn't going anywhere quick.

His primary competition will come from junior college transfer Waye Terry and redshirt freshman Austin Flynn. Both are pass/run threats and have a year under their belts watching Wallace and the offense operate - either should be ready for action. Terry, a Foothill College transfer, didn't take a snap during his junior year but racked up 2,659 total yards and 28 passing touchdowns in his sophomore JUCO season.

Flynn, a smallish but athletic redshirt freshman, came out of Texas two years ago as the Lone Star's fifth-best QB prospect. His exceptional vision and instincts under center give him a shot at unseating incumbent Love and veteran challenger Terry.

Whoever wins the quarterback job - and we might not know until deep into August - will have a plethora of weapons. Top rushers Hiawatha Rutland and Michael Wagner, both seniors, combined for 1,156 yards and 13 touchdowns in Iowa State's traditionally ground-control offense. Redshirt sophomore Brian Thompson comes back, too. But the buzz out of Ames is that 6'2", 210-pound redshirt freshman Stevie Hicks will blow both of their doors off come August.

Hicks was the talk of the town as a scout teamer last year, and McCarney went so far as to call Hicks "special" and mention that he could be the best running back he'd ever coached. High praise from somebody who coached both Troy Davis and Ennis Haywood. Hicks, an All-State Nebraskan prepster, haunted Iowa State's first-team defense. That, plus the Cyclones' ground game not producing a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time since 1994, made holding Hicks out of the lineup virtually impossible. McCartney will have no such dilemma this year. With Wallace gone and a veteran group of linemen back, look for Hicks (and company) to start a new 1,000-yard rusher streak.

At wideout, former walk-ons Lane Danielsen and Jack Whitver, roommates and best friends, pace a steady band of pass-catchers. Danielsen, who never got a D-1 offer, is sturdier than he looks and explosive off the line of scrimmage (he was an Iowa state champion in the 100 meters to average 17 yards per 2002 catch). He's only the second receiver in ISU history to rack up 1,000 yards receiving in a season, and should duplicate that feat regardless of whom McCartney puts under center.

Likewise with possession guy Whitver. He's good for a similar stat line this year, provided Hicks isn't as good this season as he supposedly will be. Both Danielsen and Whitver are overachieving seniors who've worked for every out-route thrown their way, and should be calming, steady heads in the huddle. Explosive senior Lance Young, who maneuvered his 43 catches into 704 yards (16.4 yards per catch), is a nice third option for a rookie starting quarterback.

On the offensive line, only tight end Kyle Knock and center Zach Butler depart, but that's seven letters lost. Iowa State doesn't utilize its tight ends much (Knock had 11 catches a year ago as the starter), so 6'4", 249-pound junior back-up Kenny Segin should be able to handle his block-first, catch-one-ball-a-game role with ease. Segin should have space to operate with the wideouts stretching defenses and linebackers biting on play-fakes, and tight ends generally become nice fallback options for first-year quarterbacks. Segin ought to be good for 12-15 catches.

The interior line will be tough to handle, especially with a restored running game to balance an attack that gradually drifted toward all-Wallace, all the time. Only Butler's gone, but three-year letterman Matt Bockes, a senior, knows the line calls and should step in with little difficulty. Flanking him will be three seniors and a junior. Two monstrous frosh could push for time, too. Aaron Brant - a 6'7", 295-pound guard/center who runs a 5.2 40-yard-dash and ranked as one of the top 15 interior linemen recruits in the country - should challenge for time after enrolling early in Ames. Despite struggling to rush the ball in 2002 (just five 100-yard games, one by Wallace), there's enough experience and beef (average weight: 297 pounds) to get those third-and-ones. With a rookie quarterback, they'll have to run the ball to have any chance against a schedule that includes Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa, Texas and Colorado.


WR Lane Danielsen


Returning Starters in bold
QB Chris Love-Jr (6-5, 214) Austin Flynn-Fr (6-1, 186)
FB Ryan Kock-Fr (6-4, 242) Derek Walters-Sr (5-10, 235)
TB Hiawatha Rutland-Sr (6-0, 202) Michael Wagner-Sr (5-7, 188)
WR Lane Danielsen-Sr (6-0, 192) Jamaul Montgomery-Sr (6-0, 197)
WR Jack Whitver-Sr (5-10, 183) Lance Young-Sr (6-0, 181)
TE Kenny Segin-Jr (6-4, 255) Brett Kellogg-Jr (6-2, 252)
OT Casey Shelton-Sr (6-5, 295) Johannes Egbers-So (6-2, 282)
OG Bob Montgomery-Sr (6-2, 306) Collin Menard-Sr (6-3, 302)
C Luke Vander Sanden-Jr (6-2, 305) Matt Bockes-Sr (6-0, 284)
OG Aaron Brant-Fr (6-7, 307) Seth Zehr-Fr (6-5, 271)
OT Cale Stubbe-Jr (6-3, 302) Kory Pence-So (6-4, 311)
K Adam Benike-Sr (5-10, 230) Tony Yelk-Jr (6-0, 201)



written by Ryan Hockensmith

Senior defensive end senior Tyson Smith anchors a good but undersized defensive line. Smith racked up 102 tackles and 21 quarterback hurries last year and has the edge push to pester quarterbacks and just enough beef to impact the run-defense.

Defensive MVP Jordan Carstens returns as the backbone of a solid interior line. The defensive tackle is a four-year letterman who gobbles up Gilbert Brown-type masses of trench acreage, yet plays with explosiveness (13 TFLs and 26 quarterback hurries) despite consistent double-teams. He'll see plenty more of those this season, even with linemate Nick Leaders back. Leaders, a precocious 275-pound true sophomore nose guard, picked up five sacks and nine TFLs a year ago. He has to - and will - alleviate some of the pressure on Carstens. This will be essential for the LBs to have a chance (see next paragraph).

The linebacker corps might have even more difficulty holding up against a stout October schedule of Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas and Nebraska. October 2002 was when the defense began to wear down after a start that pushed Iowa State into the Top 10. Likely starters Erik Anderson, Chris Whitaker and Brandon Brown average 224 pounds, which will mean big trouble against the big fronts of the Big 12. All move well side-to-side but simple up-the-gut grinding will be hard to stop, especially if the smallish defensive line doesn't hold up.

Perhaps the strongest suit of the Cyclones defense will be the secondary. Eight of Iowa State's top nine DBs return to an already good pass defense (24th in Div 1-A). But McCarney and staff want more turnovers after notching only 10 INTs, and this group could do it. The starting corners will come from a talented, albeit small, trio of Harold Clewis, Ellis Hobbs and Johnny Smith (5'11"). If they play as well as they did a year ago, that should enable Iowa State to maneuver its defense to provide support for needed run-stopping.

Safeties JaMaine Billups and Marc Timmons, both 5'8", should be able to help the front seven by creeping toward the line of scrimmage. That puts the corners on an island, but the top three have proven capable of handling wide receivers one-on-one and the majority of top teams the Cyclones will face (Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, etc.) aren't exactly known for Fun n' Gun, downfield passing attacks.


SS JaMaine Billups


Returning Starters in bold
DE Tyson Smith-Sr (6-2, 242) Cephus Johnson-So (6-2, 245)
DT Jordan Carstens-Sr (6-5, 303) Tim TeBrink-Jr (6-3, 284)
NG Nick Leaders-So (6-2, 290) Klayton Shoals-Fr (6-3, 275)
DE Cephus Johnson-So (6-2, 245) Beau Klaffke-Fr (6-3, 262)
SLB Nik Moser-So (6-0, 196) Erik Anderson-Jr (6-0, 224)
MLB Brandon Brown-Jr (5-10, 229) Chris Whitaker-Sr (5-10, 232)
WLB Joe Woodley-Sr (5-10, 227) Matthew Robertson-Fr (6-1, 224)
CB Anthony Forrest-Jr (6-0, 192) Johnny Smith-Sr (5-11, 170)
CB Ellis Hobbs-Jr (5-7, 183) Harold Clewis-Sr (5-8, 193)
SS JaMaine Billups-Sr (5-9, 202) Gabe Bakker-Jr (5-10, 195)
FS Steve Paris-So (6-1, 193) Marc Timmons-Sr (5-8, 162)
P Troy Blankenship-So (6-0, 196) Tony Yelk-Jr (6-0, 201)




On special teams, Iowa State has everybody back from a so-so bunch. Seniors Wagner and Young have to do better (106th in the country), while Todd Miller will be in charge of bettering the nation's 51st punt return unit. These guys are crucial in giving their new quarterback breathing room. If there isn't improvement in the return game, the Cyclones offense won't be able to afford many three-and-outs when backed up deep in their own territory. This area could affect the results of at least a game or two.

Kicker Adam Benike hammered 17 of his 23 field goal attempts and has the leg to connect from long range (good on 3-of-6, including a 48-yarder, from 40-plus yards last season). Punter should be a competition, with Tony Yelk and Troy Blankenship both viable options.


QB Austin Flynn worked well in stints with the first team this spring and it is in my opinion (which is shared by many) that he will be the top QB this year, whether he wins it in pre-season or mid-season. He possesses the athleticism which helps a QB succeed in this offense and will give him a distinct advantage over Love… ISU will put more of an emphasis on running the ball this season. The Cyclones averaged over 7 yards per carry in the spring game- a number that would certainly help their fortunes in the Big 12 if replicated in and around that ballpark. Watch for Stevie Hicks to make a splash. He is a beast of a back and McCarney could speak for hours on this kid's potential- that makes two of us… JUCO TE James Wright could very well develop into an All-Big 12-caliber TE, but he needs to get rid of his spring case of the drops. Junior Brett Kellogg had a determining spring, capturing the top TE spot heading into fall… Highly sought after freshman Aaron Brant will get the nod at starting guard this fall, and he is a damn good one! He'll experience a growing pain here or there, but this guy could easily be a top 5 pick in the NFL in three or four years…

The Cyclones' run defense has vastly improved from last year. In fact the front seven showed outstanding practice and should be strong enough to keep them in contention, provided the secondary sustains (which it should). One of them is DE Cephus Johnson. CJ may be the most improved player (defensively) and has earned a good stance on the starting spot opposite Tyson Smith. He has been a beast in the weight room and could become a lineman's nightmare… Redshirt freshman MLB Kyle Smith has been getting more and more looks and has taken advantage of Chris Whitaker's absence. One way or another, he should be thrust onto the field this season. Another LB who has come in and impressed in summer workouts is freshman Ron Prelow. With a strong performance this fall, he should find a spot in the two-deep… Secondary coach Chris Ash was high on the spring play of Billups and reserve CB Henry Poullard, the latter of whom has demonstrated high marks of improvement this spring and is noted for being tough as nails. He may jump into a backup role at corner if things keep up… Defensive coaches are high on freshman safety Chris Berg, saying he is one of the better players they have recruited during their tenure in Ames. While they are not sure he will play right away, he should grow into a peak performer down the road.

Lance Young and Michael Wagner get first crack at KRs, but Rutland, Hicks and Montgomery will also get a look in pre-season. PR Todd Miller might materialize as the best in the Big 12 this season. He's a tough guy who hates to fair catch and has such a quick first step that if you don't seal the seams, he's gonna burn you!