Are you ready for football? Former Iowa State team captain and CN staff writer Luke Vander Sanden is. This week, in Luke's weekly top 5 list Vander Sanden gives his top 5 reasons for a great year in 2006. Check it out here only at CN!
- Jamie Pollard's vision and
-Jamie Pollard will be a factor in
the Cyclones' success this fall. He
has a stingy vision that only asks for success. He seems to be a master motivator, and
that will Coach Dan McCarney's style is quite the combination. Look no further than to the lofty
renovations to Jack Trice Stadium.
Time is overdue that this stadium starts to look like a big time stadium,
but that can't happen without the Cyclone Boosters, and fans providing support
to get this project done the right way.
More seating = more fans = more
excitement = better atmosphere on game days!
-The Cyclone Football coaching
staff is a tremendous group of coaches that all have had their successes and
pitfalls along their journeys to Iowa State,
as well as at Iowa
State. I believe that Dan McCarney is one of
the most underrated coaches in the country, and I promise you that no one works
harder than this guy. With the
leadership of Coach Mac, the Cyclones will be successful this year. He will not let the same thing that
happened to the Clones two years in a row.
When there is a will….there is a way…and Coach Mac will pave the
-With the combination of Bret Meyer, Todd Blythe, Austin Flynn, a healthy Stevie Hicks, and five veterans up
front under the leadership of the "nasty" play off Scott Stephenson, this group
will be hard to stop. The only
thing I see is playmakers after playmakers around the horn. Then you throw in Harris in the
backfield and there's a 1-2 punch.
I guarantee he has gotten last year out of his mind, and is ready to
redeem himself and produce. The
offense must carry the team until the defense has found the replacements and
produced some rhythm.
-Number four on the list is titled
"Cyclone Crazies" for a reason.
Cyclone fans can be the best when they want to be. Pack Jack Trice occurred against
last game of the season during a tornado.
I have faith that Cyclone fans will pack Jack Trice Stadium each and
every game. It has to be an
atmosphere that other teams hate.
Loud all the time when the "D" is out there, and throw in some hostility
from Cyclone fans, and we got the train going. I firmly believe that a team is only as
good as its last game, but the same goes for the fans. Let's make a difference for Cyclone
Football and provide some craziness at Jack Trice! Let's help by screaming each time the
"D" is out there and pack Jack Trice each time the Clones take the field this
- Tradition and
-Last on the list is tradition and
vision for Cyclone Football success this fall. The Cyclones under Dan McCarney have
built a solid foundation and have built tradition at Iowa State, and you can see that in the fans
too! The Cyclone fans don't want to
go to the Independence Bowl year after year. They want bigger and better things. Well, the same goes for the coaches and
players alike. The tradition has
been planted by Coach McCarney and his staff. Their vision is like every other team in
the conference. Win ball games to
get to Kansas
City for the title game. I promise you that now! And what a better way to get there with
the tough schedule. I would rather
get to the Big XII title game playing a tough schedule with the best of the best
versus playing a pancake schedule!
One play at a time, one practice at a time, one series at a time, one
game at a time…Let's do our part as fans to make this "vision" reality, and the
coaches and players WILL do their part!