Friday's Iowa State sports links

"It's like I looked around the first day of spring ball and 'Where was everybody?' When you play with guys for so long, you get used to them being there."
Offensive line takes form during 6-1 start
Des Moines Register

Hold your thumb and index finger about a centimeter apart. If the Bowl Championship Series rankings were released today, that's how far Iowa State would be from the Top 10.
Keeler: Land of the BCS attainable
Des Moines Register

"You just knew that he was going to be a tremendous coach. The old adage of coach on the field, he was like two coaches on the field because he knew (the defense) inside and out. He didn't just know what was going on in the secondary, he knew the defense."
Mac figured Stoops would become great coach
Ames Tribune

ISU, Oklahoma take on personalities of coaches
Cedar Rapids Gazette

"We were all a little uneasy. We didn't know how Gene Smith would react. We were all hoping that he would give coach Mac (McCarney) some time. We knew it was getting closer and closer."
Butler thanks former A.D. for giving Mac chance
Waterloo Courier

"It's not like it's happening in a state with a great population base to recruit from, like here in Texas. That's the amazing thing to me."
Is this Heaven: No it's the 2002 Football Season in Iowa
Quad City Times

Not since Northwestern U. smelled roses have reality and fantasy played like this on the same team. Iowa State is 6-1. Iowa State is in the top 10. Iowa State can win the Big 12. Iowa State can bring home the Heisman. Iowa State. Isn't it great?
Iowa State loving breakout season into top 10
Omaha World Herald

"It's definitely something we've been back over a few times to analyze what we need to do better. They are different people but both have special talents."
Wallace's mobility could pose problems for Sooners
Kansas City Star

Here's hoping the senior finds more success on the next level than three other Heisman finalists from the Big 12. K-State's Michael Bishop (second in 1998) didn't stick with the Packers and is playing in the Canadian Football League. Oklahoma's Josh Heupel (second in 2000), because of a wrist injury, also didn't make it with the Packers. He's living in Norman, Okla., mending the wrist.
Will NFL be just as friendly to Wallace
Kansas City Star

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