Iowa State’s new offensive scheme is designed to control tempo and take advantage of matchups. That according to offensive coordinator Tom Herman who was hired by Cyclone coach Paul Rhoads after a two-year run at Rice. Herman says the Cyclone’s new spread offense will go without a huddle but that does not mean it will be a "hurry-up" offense.
Herman says there are different philosophies, such as Missouri and Tulsa want to run as many plays as possible. Herman says ISU will change the tempo based on the situation. Herman says going without a huddle will allow the Cyclones to get the matchups they want. He says going without a huddle always leaves the threat that they will come up and snap the ball, which makes it tough to make defensive substitutions.
Herman says an experienced offensive line has been a big plus. He says the line was the biggest surprise as they learned the new system the fastest. The new offense debuts on September third when the Cyclones host North Dakota State.