Flynn has the will to win

Keep your eyes on No. 13 Austin Flynn Saturday night.

Two years ago against Northern Iowa Austin Flynn became the first ISU freshman to start a season under center; this weekend against Illinois State he'll make his first starts at wide receiver and kick returner for the Cyclones.


"It is very exciting, it's kind of like stepping [out against] Northern Iowa two years ago as a quarterback," Flynn said. "I'll probably be just as nervous, it's just something new and I'm excited."


The 6-foot-1, 200 pound Flynn has been opening eyes around ISU practices since last spring when he made the move down the field.


"I think I have exceeded at least my expectations," he said. "I don't know what anybody else had, what their expectations were for me. I really thought I've come along. I thought I started off a lot better than I thought I would. Right now I think I'm in a good spot right now and I just like where I'm at."


Flynn can be a tough cover for opposing defenses; in 2004 he averaged 148.5 total yards of offense per game as Iowa State's quarterback. So does this mean we'll see him exercise his long arm?


"You're not going to ask me,' he said. "You better ask Coach Cotton that. Who knows, I may be a different weapon that we can use, but we'll find out soon enough."


Besides starting at wide receiver, Flynn will also see time as Iowa State's kick returner – a new challenge Flynn couldn't be more enthusiastic about.


"I'm actually excited about that," Flynn said with a huge smile. "I've always wanted to do that honestly and being a quarterback they would never let you do that."


With Flynn heading down the field, wide receiver Terrance Highsmith resumed Flynn's role as the No. 2 quarterback behind Bret Meyer. The moves have paid off as both Flynn and Highsmith have been thriving in their new roles.


"I guess everybody just got used to it and the fact that I'm not a quarterback any more," Flynn said. "My numbers completely changed, I'm wearing a red jersey and not a black one during practice. I think everyone's just kind of getting used to it and getting into a flow. [Terrance and I have] got our spots and everyone's backed us up on it so far."


If an emergency arises will Flynn see time as Iowa State's signal caller?


"We haven't talked about it at all," Flynn said. "I think everyone's gotten used to it. We've got our spots and no ones mentioned anything about it. I haven't taken one snap - fall, spring or summer. So I think I've got my spot, I hope."

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