2021 Iowa State football stars rank among best cyclones of all time


Iowa State football-related articles to ponder, patiently awaiting the next game – Oct. 16 in Kansas State, where sometimes cheesy things happen to and against the Cyclones.

Let’s start with some best talk I’ve heard after Kansas Domination 59-7 Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium. First, regarding Breece Hall, then Brock Purdy.

Are they the best in school history? A younger generation of fans are probably saying absolutely, because they are wearing the jerseys, who they see on the highlight reels and who they claim to be when they play ball in the park.

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The fact that Hall has broken Troy Davis’ career record for touchdowns with at least eight games to go is quite an accomplishment. Absolutely, but until someone passes 2,000 rushing yards in consecutive seasons, Davis will always be the best running back in the school.

This is no hit at Breece Hall. This is a testament to the very talented player who also wore the No.28 jersey.

Troy Davis was a punitive running back in the 1990s.

Davis rushed for 2,010 and 2,185 yards in his two seasons in the mid-1990s. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 1996 against Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel.

And while we’re on the subject of ultra-talented running backs, David Montgomery’s three-season career in Iowa State included 2,925 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on 624 carries. Among those impressive stats, 2,362 rushing yards and 24 rushing touchdowns have been recorded in his last two seasons.

Hall enters the week off with 569 career carries and 3,020 yards, and 549 extra yards and four touchdowns on 62 receptions out of the backfield. Davis has dominated 782 defenses carried in career.

Running back Breece Hall (28) of Iowa State takes on UNLV on September 18 in Las Vegas.

So instead of debating the current running back with the backs of the past, Cyclones fans should celebrate the fact that three of the nation’s top players played their college ball at Jack Trice Stadium.

Brock or Seneca? It’s also a backyard pickup game.

While Brock Purdy has broken or is close to breaking all of Iowa State’s quarterback records in his four seasons, Seneca Wallace had a spectacular 25-game, two-season streak after being transferred from Sacramento City College. And let’s not forget what Bret Meyer and Sage Rosenfels represented in their time for their Cyclones teams.

Seneca Wallace enjoyed a spectacular two-season career in Iowa State.

Against Kansas last Saturday, Purdy threw a school record four touchdowns in a quarter in his 40th game. He became the school’s first 10,000 yard passer. He became one of five in Big 12 history with 10,000 passing yards and 1,000 career rushing yards. The others, by the way, are Sam Ehlinger from Texas, Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma, Trevon Boykin from TCU, Robert Griffin III from Baylor and Colt McCoy from Texas.

In case you were wondering, Mayfield and Griffin are former Heisman Trophy winners.

Someone also wondered if Mike Rose would make history as Iowa State’s greatest linebacker.

It’s also an interesting conversation, given that recent stars to play the role include Joel Lanning, Jeremiah George, Jake Knott, and AJ Klein.

“The guy can run fast, and that’s a big key,” Iowa State defensive coordinator Jon Heacock said of Rose. “He’s tall and physical. He kept his speed up with all the gains from strength, and this allowed him to play in or out of the box.

“The games he makes are amazing games. A few of them are really playing with honest attitude and effort and getting into football creating opportunities. ”

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As for the 2021 starters, Rose is the best of another wonderful set of linebackers. I’m not saying this line of Rose, Jake Hummel and O’Rien Vance are the best linebackers in school history. I was in this debate as I walked through party hatches to the press box three hours before last Saturday’s game. I mentioned the 2012 trio of Jeremiah George, Jake Knott and Klein – each having played in the NFL, and Klein still does.

The best linebacker in Iowa State history, AJ Klein or Mike Rose?

Is Iowa the best ever?

Other than tight end Charlie Kolar, you mean?

This offensive line, compared to the offensive lines of the past?

This defensive and secondary line?


These can be hard to prove, so debate on your own as you wait for the start of the seven-game streak that will define this season for Iowa State.

But take the time to appreciate the talent you see at Ames this fall.

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has written for the Des Moines Register for six decades. Reach it at [email protected], 515-284-8132, and on Twitter at @RandyPete.


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