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"I don't think it's out of the question to view us as leaders. We learned a lot of things from last season, and we're going to use that to our advantage. With this team, the sky's the limit. I think we can go all the way. Everyone is saying (defending champion) Oklahoma State, but if we get to where we need to be and we come together, I think we can get things done."
ISU program desires leaders
Des Moines Register

If the Red Sox can do it, why not Iowa State? Why not us? OK, yes, I've had about enough of that slogan as I have campaign ads on TV, but the truth is ISU has just as much right to be in the hunt for the Big 12 Conference's North Division championship as Nebraska does, as Missouri does, as Kansas State does.
Nulph: Why can't ISU win the North
Ames Tribune

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