If size is any indication the Iowa State offensive line should have a productive season. Only one of the five projected starters weighed in at less than 300 pounds and that is junior center Alex alvarez who checked in at 295 pounds.
Cyclone coach Paul Rhoads says the difference in size from January to now is that the "size moves" and moves with quickness. Rhoads likes the potential of the group, though he says depth needs to be developed. He says the first unit is "pretty good" but they need someone behind them that won’t be a hole that the defense can attack.
The lone senior is guard Reggie Stephens and he hopes the line can help the Cyclone offense become a high scoring unit. Stephens says they want to go out and outscore the opponent and not come off the field quickly. Stephens says the Cyclones want to run the ball effectively out of their new no-huddle spread offense.
Stephens says people confuse the spread with not being physical, but he says that’s something they have emphasized. Iowa State opens on September third at home against North Dakota State.