Thoughts storming through Hicks' head

While most will be focused on Iowa State's season opener with Illinois State on Saturday, ISU cornerback LaMarcus Hicks will have his homestate of Mississippi on his mind.

LaMarcus Hicks is caught in a Cyclone of his own, and this one has nothing to do with Iowa State's impending battle with 1-AA Illinois State. Hicks' home state, Mississippi, got leveled by Hurricane Katrina.


"My parents they're in the northern part of Mississippi so it didn't affect them really, but I have a little brother that just signed at Southern Miss and I haven't heard from him since 5 o'clock [Monday]," Hicks said.


Eddie Hicks is a freshman defensive back on the Golden Eagle squad, located in Hattiesburg.


"Yeah, it's a little scary because he's just an hour from the coast of Mississippi and an hour from New Orleans," Hicks said. "I talked to my mother [Tuesday] morning and she said that she saw the news where most of the things on Hardy Street had windows knocked out and trees fallen, power lines down, but she said there wasn't reports yet of anybody being hurt, so that made me feel better."


The Southern Miss football team was scheduled to host Tulane in the season opener on Sunday, but will move to Memphis until they can resume practices in Hattiesburg. Sunday's game has been postponed until Nov. 26, but the Golden Eagles will still prepare for a Sept. 10 contest at Alabama while in Memphis.


As for Hicks and the Cyclones, they'll take the field on Saturday night against Illinois State in the schools season openers. Hicks will be Iowa State's starting right corner after being utilized at nickel last season.


"I'm pretty comfortable at corner because before I came to Iowa State I'd been playing corner most of my life," he said.


Regardless of the defense Defensive Coordinator John Skladany calls this season, you can count on the same face from LaMarcus Hicks. Stone Cold.


"I'm trying to polish my press technique when I'm playing man, working on my disguises when I'm playing zone coverage and man coverage," Hicks said. "Just trying to make everything look the same so the people on offense won't know the difference until the snap."


Hicks will have the tough job of following in the footsteps of former cornerback Ellis Hobbs, but Hicks' just worried about being the best player he can be.


"I don't think it's too much pressure because Ellis was a great player and really he can't be replaced as far as his heart," Hicks said. "I think I have expectations as to come in and be a solid player."


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