Iowa State All-America/All Big 12 Nominees

Iowa State Loaded With 13 All-America/All Big 12 Nominees

Todd Blythe, wide receiver, 6-5, 205, So. Leads the nation at 19.71 yards per catch!!

In Iowa State's four straight Big 12 victories alone has made 19 catches for 472 yards on five touchdowns ... among the 98 NCAA Division I-A receivers who have at least 4.1 catches per game, leads the nation, averaging 19.71 yards per catch ... was Big 12 offensive player of the week against Texas A&M, making eight catches for 214 yards and a school record four touchdowns ... has tied Iowa State's career touchdown reception record of 15 TD catches in his first 20 career games ... had five catches for 108 yards in Iowa State's win over No. 22 Colorado and made five catches for 76 yards in Iowa State win over No. 8 Iowa...

This year:  41 receptions/809 yards/6 TDs

Here is a chart that shows that Todd Blythe is leading the country in yards per catch among the 98 NCAA Division I receivers who average at least 4.1 receptions per game.

Player, School  Position        Pos     Yr      Gms     Rec     Yds     TD      Yds/Catch
Todd Blythe, Iowa State WR      SO      10      41      809     6       19.73
Demetrius Williams, Oregon      WR      SR      10      50      950     9       19.00
Vernon Davis, Maryland  TE      JR      9       39      731     4       18.74
Chris Francies, UTEP            WR      SR      7       30      559     4       18.63
Santonio Holmes, Ohio State     WR      SR      10      42      781     9       18.60
Jason Hill, Washington State    WR      SR      9       57      1048    13      18.39
Reggie Lindsey, UAB             WR      SR      9       42      767     8       18.26
Steve Smith, USC                WR      JR      10      47      858     4       18.26
Mike Hass, Oregon State WR      SR      10      80      1425    6       17.81
Jason Brown, Air Force  WR      SR      10      44      780     5       17.73
Johnnie Lee Higgins, UTEP       WR      JR      9       40      705     8       17.63
Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech    WR      SO      9       44      766     5       17.41

AT IOWA STATE R-E-S-P-E-C-T IS SPELLED D-E-F-E-N-S-E

Brent Curvey, defensive tackle, 6-0, 295 Jr. Houston, Texas

The reigning Big 12 defensive player of the week ... Has made 50 tackles on defense that ranks 10th nationally against the rush and has allowed just 97.4 yards per game, 40 yards under the school record (139.2/2004).  Has team co-high five sacks for -48 yards and seven tackles for loss of 51 yards...has blocked one kick ... iced Iowa State's 30-16 win over No. 22 Colorado on Nov. 12, intercepted a screen pass and returned the ball 66 yards for a touchdown...also had five tackles, two for loss and a sack for -7 against the Buffaloes ... has 50 tackles this season and came up big against Kansas State in ISU win with nine tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and a blocked field goal attempts.


Nick Leaders, nose guard, 6-2, 290, Sr.

Leader on defense that is ranks 10th nationally, allowing just 97.4 yards per game, more than 40 yards under the school record (139.2/2004).  Team co-captain has started 47 straight games, a school record ... in 42-14 win at Texas A&M, recorded three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a sack ... has 33 tackles, including a team-high 11 for loss with five sacks ...


Tim Dobbins, linebacker, 6-2, 245, Sr. 2004 Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year

Team co-leader with 87 tackles ... made huge interception against Colorado at the 10-yard line on a night in which he tallied a career-high 18 tackles..returned the ball 25 yards ... has seven tackles for loss ... he is the center of an Iowa State defense that is allowing 97.4 yards rushing, 40 yards below the school record ...  made 15 tackles against Nebraska ... in Iowa State's win over No. 8 Iowa, recorded seven tackles, had a sack of quarterback Drew Tate and a tackle for loss...the 2004 Big 12 Conference newcomer of the year has made 148 career tackles.

LaMarcus Hicks, cornerback, 6-0, 195, Sr.

Tied for the Big 12 lead with four interceptions and also tied for the lead in the conference with an average of 1.1 passes broken up/interceptions per game ... has earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors two times ... first, against No. 8 Iowa, after returning Drew Tate interception 28 yards for a touchdown, forcing a fumble, breaking up a pass and making three tackles ... the second time, against Oklahoma State, making a pair of interceptions and making seven tackles ... has 45 tackles, has broken up seven passes...90 career tackles and five career interceptions ... 


Steve Paris, FS, 6-1, 200, Sr.

Has 57 tackles and three interceptions ... came up with a huge 66-yard fumble return for a touchdown against No. 22 Colorado ... has three interceptions this season ... was the Big 12 Conference defensive player of the week after making two interceptions at Army ... one interception return set up ISU's first touchdown in a 28-21 win ... against No. 8 Iowa came up big with an interception.

Bret Meyer, So., QB, 6-4, 205, So.

Third-high rated quarterback in the Big 12 and second-highest signal-caller in Iowa State single-season history  ... fourth in Big 12 at 236.5 passing yards per game ... Meyer has thrown 132 passes without an interception...the record is 141 by Todd Bandhauer (1997) ...  has nine touchdowns and ZERO interceptions in the last four games ... his passing total of 2,365 yards this season ranks fourth in Iowa State history ... his 2,427 yards of total offense ranks sixth in school history ...hit on 20-of-32 passes for 371 yards and four touchdown at Texas A&M ... hit on 20-of-32 passes for 251 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions in win over No. 22 Colorado.

Big 12 Conference Passing Efficiency 11/13/05
                        Cl      G       Att.    Comp.   Int.    Pct.    Yds.    TD      Eff.
1. Vince Young, TX      JR      10      244     155     8       .635    2414    22      169.9
2. Cody Hodges, Tech    SR      10      462     314     10      .680    3769    28      152.2
3. Bret Meyer, IAST     So      10      301     189     7       .628    2365    14      139.5

Highest Rated Quarterbacks in Iowa State history(Single Season)
                        Cl      G       Att     Comp    Int     Pct.    Yds     TD      Eff
1. Bret Oberg (1989)    SR      11      245     152     9       .620    2242    9       143.68
2. Bret Meyer (2005)    SO      10      301     189     7       .628    2365    14      139.5
3. Dwight Nichols (59)  SR      11      80      43      5       .609    609     8       138.20
4. Seneca Wallace (01)JR        11      269     167     9       .621    2044    11      132.71


Ryan Kock, Jr., FB, 6-1, 245  Jr.

Tied for second in the Big 12 with 12 touchdowns, including three at Missouri ... was the first Cyclone to rush for three scores in a game since Ennis Haywood in 2001 ... had two TDs against Kansas State and Illinois State.

Scott Stephenson, C, 6-3, 305 Jr.

Is the biggest reason Iowa State is 7-3...in addition to being our best lineman, he brings a defensive line mindset to his position after playing as a freshman in the D line for Minnesota.  We have not had one bad snap all year.  I can't tell you how many pancakes, steam rollers and flat liners he has had but he Has graded out high every game this season.

Aaron Brant, Jr., OL, 6-7, 315  Jr.

Has been one of two all-conference linemen opening holes for Stevie Hicks this season ... has 32 starts in his career.


Austin Flynn, Jr., WR, 6-1, 200, Jr.

One of the best stories in the Big 12, Iowa State's starting quarterback as a freshman in 2003 and No. 2 QB in 2004 switched to wie receiver and has made the best of transitions ...leads the team with 48 catches for 472 yards and three touchdowns ... had five receptions for 46 yards against No. 22 Colorado ... led team in receiving at Nebraska, with eight catches for 100 yards ...

Nik Moser, Sr., SS, 6-0, 205, Sr.

Fourth on the team with 52 tackles...had seven tackles at Nebraska...has made three interceptions...has six career interceptions and 182 career tackles...had eight tackles against No. 8 Iowa.

Troy Blankenship, P, Sr., 6-1, 195

The Big 12 Special Teams player of the week against Iowa after hitting on a personal best 68 yard punt into a strong wind ... also dropped three punts inside the Hawk 20 yard line...has put 12 punts inside the 20-yard line... his current average on 41.9 yards on 53 punts ranks ninth in school history...his career mark of 41.3 yards ranks fifth on the all-time ISU list.


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