Bowl Preview: Austin Flynn Returns Home

For most players on the Iowa State roster, a trip to the Houston Bowl means a vacation. They're going down to take care of business, but they also get to leave the cold Iowa weather and go to Texas for a week with their friends. For Austin Flynn, a trip to the Houston Bowl means a free trip home.

For most players on the Iowa State roster, a trip to the Houston Bowl means a vacation. They're going down to take care of business, but they also get to leave the cold Iowa weather and go to Texas for a week with their friends. For Austin Flynn, a trip to the Houston Bowl means a free trip home.

 

"A lot of people will get to see me for the first time in my college career. It will be nice for a change to have a lot of good friends from high school to be able to watch," said Flynn.

 

Flynn is without a doubt one of the most respected players on the Iowa State roster, by not only players but fans as well. Two years ago, Austin Flynn was Iowa State's starting quarterback and then his job was taken by Cyclone captain Bret Meyer. You see Flynn didn't complain. He didn't do anything. The only thing Austin Flynn did was that he kept plugging away and giving his all to the university that he made his commitment to.

 

"He didn't complain once last year about not playing. That's just the type of man he is. He had the opportunity to go somewhere else and play and be a starting quarterback but he chose to stay here and stick with his commitment. That means so much as a teammate to know that he gave up his dream of being a starting quarterback to do whatever he could and sacrifice for the team. He's really happy being a wide receiver and we love having him," said teammate Todd Blythe.

 

Flynn's contributions to this year's team after his highly documented move to wide receiver haven't gone unnoticed. Not only is Flynn one of Iowa State's top receivers, he's one of Iowa State's top leaders as well.

 

"I think he's probably one of the most respected guys on this team and in this program all the way around. Just from what I've seen working with him everyday and in wide receiver meetings. To tell you the truth he was probably one of the most respected guys last year even when he wasn't playing a whole lot just because he never complained once," said Blythe.

 

Flynn gets to return home during Iowa State's Houston Bowl trip but he's going to be doing a lot more than just playing football. He's also going to be playing "tour guide."

 

"He's going to have to show me what Houston's all about. I'm sure those Houston guys will want to take me around and show me what their hometown is all about," said Blythe.

 

Flynn has heard that teammates are looking for him to provide the entertainment after a Cyclone victory on New Years Eve and he's perfectly cool with that.

 

"I guess after the game there will be a lot of people hanging around me. It'll be a good time," said Flynn.

 

As of now, the biggest problem for Flynn and many of the other Texas players is finding tickets for friends and family down south.

 

"I heard that some tickets are like $50 down there. If that's the case then I'm sure some of them will just decide to watch it on TV. (Laughter) I'm trying to get a lot of tickets so most of them can come. Some of them will just buy tickets regardless. There will be a pretty good support group," said Flynn.

 

When it comes down to football, Flynn is cautiously optimistic about Iowa State's chances against TCU. Flynn is confident but is also a believer that TCU is one of if not the best team Iowa State has played this season.

 

"On tape they are just as good as anybody I've seen. We'll just have to get on the field and see how it is. So far this could be the best team we've seen," said Flynn.

 

Flynn has been studying TCU's defense for sometime now and said that if he had to compare them to a defense that Iowa State has seen this year it would be Baylor. For Cyclone fans that remember that fateful day in Jack Trice Stadium, that's not a good sign but leave it to Austin Flynn to put a positive spin on things.

 

"They kind of play a similar type of coverage. It's kind of nice to watch a team with a similar defense. We can go back to Baylor to see what worked and what didn't work," said Flynn.

 

Flynn is especially impressed by the mixture of size and speed that TCU brings to the table.

 

"They are a tough defense. The thing is that they're tall and big. You just don't see a lot of people that are that tall and big and are still fast, at least in the secondary. It's going to be a real challenge for the receivers. We're going to try and throw the ball but against these guys it's going to be a challenge," said Flynn.

 

If the Cyclones come out victorious on New Years Eve, look for a herd of Cyclone players led by their fearless leader Austin Flynn to be painting the city of Houston. They'll be painting it cardinal and gold.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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