Coach: Dan McCarney
29-50-0, 7 years
2001 Record: 7-5
at Ohio WON 31-28
at Nebraska LOST 14-48
at Missouri WON 20-14
at Texas A&M LOST 21-24
at Kansas WON 49-7
IOWA WON 17-14
Alabama LOST 13-14

2001 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

Not only can Seneca Wallace pass, but he was also ISU's second leading rusher gaining 663 yards. - (Cyclone Illustrated/Jim Percival)
2002 Outlook

Folks around the nation are starting to become familiar with Iowa State, as they have seen the Cyclones acquire bowls bids for the second straight season. The Ames faithful should once again be looking forward to another successful season in 2002. Iowa State has won 16 of its last 23 games, the school's best streak over that span since 1979, and has won 12-straight non-conference regular season games. Now it is time to do more than just play with the big boys. This season should be the true measurement of how far this program has come with Seneca Wallace back for his senior campaign. With his running and throwing skills, many defensive coordinators will be required to adjust their philosophies on Saturday. The schedule is daunting. They are going to find out quickly what they've got, as they have agreed to play FSU in the Eddie Robinson Classic August 24th. When you add to the mix a string of non-division games against Texas and Oklahoma, the possibility of facing five teams this season who at some point could be ranked in the top five, it becomes easy to realize that getting to seven wins could be considered a success. Smart man's money would have to go with another non-New Year's day bowl prediction.

Projected 2002 record: 7-6

QB - 5 DL - 3
RB - 3.5 LB - 4
WR - 3 DB - 3.5
OL - 2.5 ..

Passing: Seneca Wallace, 167-269-9, 2044 Yards, 11 TD's

Rushing: Seneca Wallace, 114 att., 475 yds., 7 TD's

Receiving: Lane Danielson, 49 rec., 694 yds., 4 TD's

Scoring: Tony Yelk, 8 FG, 38 PAT, 62 pts.

Punting: Tony Yelk, 45 punts, 43.8 avg.

Kicking: Tony Yelk, 8-18 FG, 38-39 PAT, 62 pts.

Tackles: Matt Word, 108 tot., 77 solo

Sacks: Matt Word, 3 sacks

Interceptions: 3 players with 2 each

Kickoff returns: Hiawatha Rutland, 7 ret., 15.9 avg.

Punt returns: Michael Wagner, 15 ret., 10.7 avg.


OFFENSE: Ennis Haywood-TB, Craig Campbell-WR, Mike Banks-TE, Marcel Howard-OT, Lorenzo White-OG, Cory Hannen-OT
DEFENSE: Willie Judd-NG, Kevin DeRonde-DE, Justin Eilers-WLB, Adam Runk-SS

We're baaaaack -field. After two straight seasons of uncharacteristic bowl appearances, the Cyclones appear to be right back in the shuffle, starting with the offensive backfield of QB Seneca Wallace and a full house of guys waiting to run with the pigskin. The 2002 version of head coach Dan McCarney's vision will revolve around the senior Wallace, who completed a conference record 18-straight passes against Baylor, and has been named the 2001 Big 12 Conference Offensive Newcomer of the Year by The Associated Press. Not only can Wallace pass, but he was also ISU's second leading rusher gaining 663 yards. According to Nebraska's defensive coordinator he's like trying to tackle the wind. He's got the agility of a guy like Eric Metcalf. Then you add in his ability to throw. However, finding a replacement for big All-American tailback Ennis Haywood will be the major question on most Cyclones fans mind this spring. Three capable incumbent starters will vie for the position, giving the Cyclones huge breathing room in the depth department. It will most likely be running back by committee. Wallace will maintain the luxury of having his leading receiver and team captain Lane Danielson back again. Combine his speed with that of Jack Whitver on the other side and coaches have two more than capable athletes running routes. Other than those two the pickings get slim. It will be crucial to locate some depth here, as thoughts of injury could prove devastating. The biggest loses however will come up front as the Cyclones lose two HUGE All-Big 12 offensive linemen and only bring back two starters. Offensive lines have always been a consistent strength for Coach McCarney and there is enough talent and power to continue the tradition by season's end. They will just have to grow up real fast. With only two starters back on the line and the star tailback missing there is going to be more pressure placed on the hands of Wallace.


Returning Starters in Bold
QB Seneca Wallace-Sr Cris Love-So
FB Joe Woodley-Jr Matt Grosserode-So
TB Hiawatha Rutland-Jr JaMaine Billups-Jr / Michael Wagner-Jr
WR Jack Whitver-Jr Lance Young-Jr
WR Lane Danielsen-Jr Todd Miller-So
TE Kyle Knock-Sr Kenny Segin-So
OT Casey Shelton-Jr Wade Boehm-Fr
OG Bob Montgomery-Jr DeWayne Johnson-Sr
C Zach Butler-Sr Matt Bockes-Jr
OG Luke Vander Sanden-So Collin Menard-Jr
OT Cale Stubbe-So Kory Pence-Fr
K Tony Yelk-So Adam Benike-Jr



Defensively, the unit will revolve around the team's leading tackler Matt Word from his middle linebacker spot. Word spent the spring recovering from a shoulder surgery and it will be crucial for him to be 100% by the first game at August's end. The linebackers as a group are not necessarily known for their size or speed, but have garnished solid recognition due in part to what really counts…production. The team finished second overall in Big XII pass defense last fall. Much of that success can be attributed to Adam Runk, who picked off 4 passes. He is gone, but all three of the remaining starters do return in the secondary. The group is talented but extremely short in size, averaging about 5'8, which could prove difficult against some of the larger opponents. The key on defense is going to be solidifying the front wall against the run. As good as the pass defense was last year, the defense finished 88th in the country in run stuffing. Big backs seemed to have a field day pounding the ball last season. Some of the talent lining up for 2002 in the trenches will not be staples in most Midwestern football conversations, but with a few healthy bodies back in the fold, the unit should not be considered a total weak spot. The defense as a whole is not exactly a list of superstars, but they make plays and perform well enough to drive the team into the winner's circle.


Returning Starters in Bold
DE Tyson Smith-Jr Beau Coleman-Sr
DT Jordan Carstens-Jr Andy Leaders-So
NG Brent Nelson-So Federico Samuel-Jr
DE Cephus Johnson-Fr Tim TeBrink-So
SLB Jeremy Loyd-Sr Jamar Buchanan-Fr
MLB Matt Word-Sr Chris Whitaker-Jr
WLB Brandon Brown-So Walker Scott-Fr
CB Harold Clewis-Jr Henry Poullard-So
CB Atif Austin-Sr Ellis Hobbs-So
SS Anthony Forrest-So T.J. Klith-Fr
FS Marc Timmons-Jr Steve Paris-Fr
P Tony Yelk-So Troy Blankenship-Fr
The Cyclones will maintain the luxury of having their leading receiver and team captain Lane Danielson back again. - (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)