Iowa State knew they had a gem in Ellis Hobbs and now New England is getting clued in as well. After an impressive showing Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints, Hobbs' Cyclone family reacts.
When ISU head coach Dan McCarney
talked to Ellis Hobbs this morning he had a special message for his former
"He told me to tell the fellows
‘I'm representing the Cyclone family proud,'" McCarney said.
He didn't only make his Cyclone
family proud; his new Patriot family members had to be
The rookie cornerback had seven
tackles, one sack and four kickoff returns totaling 111 yards, the highlight
being a 53-yard kickoff return.
"I saw the 30 yard return, 50 yard
return and his sack," McCarney said. "I was getting some work done with the
volume and I couldn't help but watch that. I loved seeing it, I was so happy for
Former roommate Steve Paris also
got to see some of Hobbs' highlights in between team
"I missed the 50 yard run, but the
coaches saw it," Paris said. "I saw the sack in the
locker room. I was the only one in the locker room everybody else went home but
I wasn't going to leave until a commercial came on because I didn't want to miss
any more of his plays."
Hobbs lived together last year and he
said it was a different feeling watching Hobbs in a Patriots
Paris said. "I can believe it, but it
seems like he was just here in the living room, playing video games with me and
now he's on TV making plays."
The two remain in-touch even with
their busy schedules and miles separating them, but with both of them preparing
for their respective upcoming seasons it's been getting difficult to find time
"I talked to him like a week ago,"
Paris said. "I try to not to talk to
him as much because I know he's in camp and I'm in camp too so we don't have
that much time to talk. But when I get a chance to talk to him he lets me know
what's going on and what I need to do to stay focused to get to where he's
will have two more preseason games before their regular season begins on Sept. 8
against the Raiders. With Thursday's game against the Saints being only
Hobbs' second appearance in a Patriot
uniform, his former teammates give him a solid grade.
"As a rookie I'd say [he did] real
good. He came up and he showed up on the plays and runs and the passes,"
Paris said. "I think he had one penalty
and a blown coverage but that's teachable, he can recover from
Paris grew up in the
Dallas area; they lived just 10 minutes
apart, but didn't know each other until they arrived at
But from day one,
Hobbs was going to be a special player
"Ever since we came in, he had
that drive," Paris said. "You can just tell who has
that drive and who doesn't. When he came to Ames he was a running back, but if
he'd get tackled he'd always finish his run down to the endzone. He has that
endurance among other things. Me and [former teammate] Rashaad Rasberry always
said he'll end up going to the league."