Lined up in the ISU backfield is junior TB Hiawatha Rutland (6-0, 202) who is the Cyclones' leading rusher with 507 yards on 123 attempts (63.4 ypg). Yet when a running back's career high for carries is just 17, he virtually functions as a decoy, a blocker, or to keep the defense honest while Seneca Wallace works his magic. Perhaps the most notable stat is that Iowa State tailbacks have not lost a fumble since Sept. 20, 2000, when Rutland dropped a handoff against Baylor.
"They're running the ball much better than they have in the past with the big tailback," Mack Brown said. "They have better skill people than they've had because Dan (McCarney's) done a good job of recruiting."
Wallace's primary receiving target is SE Lane Danielson (561 yards on 29 receptions, 19.3 yards per catch). His best game was vs. Nebraska (when ISU beat the Huskers for the first time in 30 years) and he caught a career-high nine receptions for 111 yards.
"He's really good," Brown said. "He's a first class receiver."
Defensively, the Cyclones are listed No. 26 nationally, surrendering 327.3 yards-per-game. (Carl Reese's crew checks in at No. 3 this week in total defense, 255.1 ypg).
Sophomore LB Brandon Brown (5-10, 220, from Houston Westfield) is the team's leading tackler with 86 stops. Junior DT and team co-captain Jordan Carstens anchors the front. He was the team's defensive co-MVP last season and was a third-team All-Big 12 performer. The two-time first-team academic all-Big 12 selection has registered 63 tackles this year, including four sacks and eight tackles-for-loss.
SO, HOW DID "SENECA" GET HIS NAME?
The correct answer is: b) He was named for a soap opera character.
But no matter what name you give him, Seneca Wallace is Sen-sational. (See Iowa State: It Simply Starts With Seneca for the original question.)