Thursday's Iowa State sports links

"There are a lot of things we have to correct and work on. We're far from perfect and we know that."
McCarney: Too soon for booking flights to Houston
Des Moines Register

"It's a great move for our team, like we thought it would be and hoped it would be, but it's JaMaine that's done it. He's earned the starting spot Saturday night."
Billups wastes no time overtaking starting job
Ames Tribune

"There's some rust I've got to knock out, but I felt pretty good. I think I'll be ready. It's more down to a coaches' decision if they think I'm ready."
Vander Sanden gives early comeback a shot
Ames Tribune

"He's just more productive, more effective. JaMaine has been more physical tackling."
Cyclones name former tailback starting strong safety
Waterloo Courier

Halftime outburst got results
Cedar Rapids Gazette

"Basically, I think it's a matter of being ready to play and getting more pumped. It's coaches and players, a little bit of everyone just realizing, 'Hey, we've got to start coming out faster and playing harder."
Starting fast near top of ISU's list
Omaha World Herald

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