Doug Dedrick is already on campus at Iowa State trying to make an impression on the new coaching staff. We talked to Doug, as well as his offensive coordinator at Scottsdale Community College Ethan Banning, about what type of player he is and what he hopes to accomplish at ISU.
Cyclone Nation: You're already on campus and you came from Arizona. How are you handling the weather thus far?
Doug Dedrick: It's rough. The transition is I mean. It's literally gone from the warmest possible climate to the coldest possible climate so far. I mean, all these negative-degreed weathers I've never seen in my life before.
Cyclone Nation: Has anybody told you this is a mild winter?
Doug Dedrick: Uh, they said when I first got here that it was a mild winter, and within a week or so that had all changed.
Cyclone Nation: What do you hope to accomplish here at Iowa State, particularly in your first year?
Doug Dedrick: Hopefully getting a starting position on the offensive line. Once I get that going, we'll see. That's my ultimate goal. As of right now it is just to get bigger, stronger, faster and work on my game as much as possible.
Cyclone Nation: What are you doing to get bigger, stronger, faster?
Doug Dedrick: Lots of lifting and running. We've got workouts four days a week, early morning workouts that last about two, three hours. We run and lift every morning. Very intense, very fast-paced, and very beneficial so far.
Doug Dedrick: I've actually been faced with it my entire life, so far my entire career that's how it's been. I've always just stepped up to the challenge, do the best I can, try to bring everybody else up with me and see how it goes. I just need to work my hardest.
Cyclone Nation: What made you decide to come to Iowa State?
Doug Dedrick: I kind of weighed the options and this was without question my best offer. It's Big 12 football and I like the new staff. The chance to come in and play was there; losing seven out of ten offensive linemen is a definitely large opportunity. Coach McFarland and Coach Chizik made a very big impression on me. Those are the two guys I probably deal with the most, and also Coach Shep (the strength and conditioning coach). When they picked up Coach Shep that was another huge factor in my decision.
Cyclone Nation: What other Division I schools were you considering?
Doug Dedrick: Wyoming, Middle Tennessee State, and Arkansas State
Cyclone Nation: You're adjusting to the weather. How are you adjusting to campus life?
Doug Dedrick: Campus life is cool. One thing is the parking; it's hard to find parking on campus. But other than that it's fine. You just show up, listen, do your work, take notes. Not too much different than before it's just now you've just got to work a little bit harder.
Cyclone Nation: What's your major?
Doug Dedrick: I'm a Business Finance major.
Cyclone Nation: What do you hope to accomplish with that? Obviously most players want to go on to the next level but how do you plan on incorporating your education beyond this?
Doug Dedrick: I hopefully can go back to Arizona, in the Phoenix area, try to get my real estate license, go into real estate, land development, work on investing, possibly mortgages, mortgage brokerage, and all that stuff is about where I'm trying to head.
Cyclone Nation: Anytime you're signing on the dotted line, you're kind of stepping out in faith a little bit, figuring that that's going to be the right place to be. What about a new staff, a new system? Nothing here is proven yet so what sealed the deal for you?
Doug Dedrick: That exactly. I was on the same level as everybody else. They know me as well as they know everybody else here. And the opportunity to play, I mean with losing all the guys. That's about what it was. It's Big 12 football.
Cyclone Nation: What kind of player is Doug?
Banning: Doug was a team leader who earned the respect of his teammates through hard work, commitment, and dedication. He is also a complete football player. By that I mean he does things right on and off the field. He was an outstanding member of our community as I am sure he will of yours. Having been Doug's position coach it was a great experience to see his hard work pay off. He continued to grow and improve every game. Going through the recruiting process with Doug was a great experience. I have a tremendous relationship with Doug and his family so it was some work to keep them off of the recruiting roller coaster.
Cyclone Nation: What are his strengths and weaknesses heading into his collegiate career?
Banning: Doug's strengths are his footwork and ability to mentally handle different schemes. Being such a perfectionist sometimes hurts him because he might be thinking too much. I don't know if this can be considered a weakness, or a commitment to excellence. Doug will be very successful at the Division I-A level. We were lucky to have him in the first place. He should have been a big time the Division I-A player out of high school but I guess those guys miss sometimes.
Cyclone Nation: What kind of competition did Doug face in junior college?
Banning: Scottsdale has had great success producing Division I athletes. From the two teams that Doug started on we have had at least twelve guys play in the Pac-10, Big 12, SEC, Big Ten, and Big East conferences. We have had another 12 or more continue on at other the Division I programs and countless others at the Division II and the Division III level.
Dedrick was all-state coming out of high school in Arizona.