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  • Friday, October 29, 2010 >> Iowa State vs. Kansas >> Kickoff at 6 p.m. Saturday >> an Iowa State Daily sports supplement

    LEFT: Wide receiver Darius Reynolds studies in a private cubicle at Hixson-Lied Student Success Center on Richardson Court. TOP RIGHT: Quarterback James Capello works with Dr. Charles Mulford at the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center on Monday. BOTTOM RIGHT: Wide receiver Sedrick Johnson talks with an advisor about assignments and classes at the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center Tuesday morning. Photos: Rebekka Brown/Iowa State Daily

    A quick look at Kansas:Some history, facts about the Cyclones opponent

    Power Rankings:Big 12 rankings see shift after week of upsets

    Big 12 roundup:A quick peek at the rest of the Big 12 conference7 8 9

    SuccessFEATURE.p2 >>

    Cyclone players, coaches work hard on, off the field

  • 2 | GRIDIRON | Iowa State Daily | Friday, October 29, 2010 Editor: Jake Lovett | sports iowastatedaily.com | 515.294.3148

    Financial assistance can make machine smooth, effective

    By Chris.Cuellar@iowastatedaily.com

    The ISU football team functions in its machine-like way, as one unit. Each part does what its supposed to do, at full capacity, and success follows.

    It takes coaches teaching, mak-ing phone calls and checking grades, student managers getting equipment set-up and plans ready, players lift-ing, practicing and studying like they should.

    Fans are aware of these things. Students usually are too. What isnt so obvious are the little differences in student-athletes that make the pieces of the machine move differently.

    Everybody has stress with every-thing, no matter what the position or title or level of responsibility, said coach Paul Rhoads. But, I think there is a load of burden on college student-athletes at this level to do what they need to do to be successful at it. Its very demanding, and when your time is very demanded of you like that, I think yeah, theres a little bit of stress with it.

    Rhoads is ultimately in his po-sition to win football games and to teach.

    Even non-fans know that. To do that in the hyper-compet-

    itive Big 12, he recruits and calls and hosts the best high school football players that will visit Iowa State and consider suiting up for the Cyclone team.

    I had some nice options to pick, but I wanted to be a Cyclone, said ju-nior wide receiver Sedrick Johnson.

    Johnsons frame and skills made him a prized possession out of high school. Recruited by the Big 12 ex-cept for Oklahoma and Texas, SEC schools Kentucky, Florida, LSU and Arkansas, and Arizona State on the west coast, Johnson chose Ames.

    The 6-foot-3-inch, Troup, Texas, native is on full scholarship to play football at Iowa State.

    Hes 1 of 85 student-athletes on full scholarship for football from the ISU athletic department.

    Johnson is an important part on the machine.

    Brad Adams is one of only two true seniors listed on the entire Cyclone football roster.

    Unless youre from West Des Moines, you probably dont recognize

    the name.Adams is a scout team running

    back from Valley High School, and his No. 48 jersey gets some practice wear, but has never been dirtied by the fine grass of Jack Trice Stadium in game action.

    He is an accounting major and is a walk-on athlete, paying his way on to the practice squad.

    You have to have a good work eth-ic, Adams said. Time management is key, especially for me, because I put a big focus on my academics. Fitting in all the practice time, all the weight lifting, and trying to maintain my grades, thats definitely a challenge.

    Adams is 1 of around 45 student-athletes paying for school that can still call themselves Cyclones. They are important pieces of the machine, even if their pictures dont get thrown up on the video board before the game to raucous applause.

    We put them out there on the scout team, and we work them. They dont get a lot of reward with that.

    Success means more than solid play

    Defensive back TerRan Benton runs to tackle his opponent during the Texas Tech game Oct. 2. File photo: Gene Pavelko

    EDUCATION.p4 >>

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    4 | GRIDIRON | Iowa State Daily | Friday, October 29, 2010 Editor: Jake Lovett | sports iowastatedaily.com | 515.294.3148

    Theyre yelled at, theyre screamed at, theyre demanded to go hard and give us the best pos-sible look they can, and theyre paying us to do it, Rhoads said.

    Adams played on two state championship football teams in his time at Valley, but didnt have offers from big schools like Johnson did.

    I wouldnt say I was a star, I held my own in high school, Adams said. I could have gone to a smaller school, but no scholarships. Just a Division III-type team, but I decided I wanted to do the big school thing.

    He came to Iowa State as a freshman just planning on being a student, getting his degree, and staying busy with all the things that average students do. Instead, he opted for lifting early in the morning, getting hit in practice by the guys that received offers over him, and playing the game.

    I guess its just a love for the game, Adams joked. I loved playing in high school, and I thought I could give it up, but I just couldnt. I re-found my passion for it up here. I think at first my parents were a little scared I would get hurt.

    Theres a balance, a sort of medium between Johnson and Adams in the machine. That comes in the form of players like redshirt seniors Mike OConnell and Jake Williams. Players that used to walk-on, and then made it through. Call it a fi-nancial barrier, a football skill barrier, or a physi-cality barrier, but OConnell and Williams came to Iowa State paying their own way, and through football need, are now members of the scholar-ship student-athlete group.

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    Defensive back TerRan Benton studies Tuesday morning at Hixson-Lied on Richardson Court. Photo: Rebekka Brown/Iowa State Daily EDUCATION.p5 >>

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    Football-wise, I wouldnt say anything really changed, but obviously financially its huge, OConnell said. I went from paying my tuition, and my meals, to getting my tuition paid for and my monthly mon-ey to live off of, to pay my rent and be able to eat. From that stand point, its been a huge change.

    Dominating the sched-ule of every member of the team, being a football player at a Football Bowl Subdivision school means giving up your body, your time, and some freedoms for the improvement of the machine.

    The overseer of the ma-chine, the ISU athletic depart-ment brought in $39,734,786 in revenue in 2009. It spent $2,103,527 to purchase schol-arships from the university this year. At the Iowa State Admissions office estimated cost of $15,483 per year to be an Iowa State student, the parts of the machine that pay their own way on to the team have to love it.

    My hat goes off to those guys, and quite honestly, I dont know that I could have

    done that with the demands that we put on them and the little reward, Rhoads said.

    Johnson is currently listed second at the top wide receiver position and has 14 catches this season, but no touch-downs since his freshman

    campaign. He receives Federal Pell Grants to supplement his scholarship, as is allowed by the NCAA for costs that ex-ceed what the full scholarship can do. The actual scholar-ships cover a full grant-in-aid for tuition, room and board,

    course-related fees, and all re-quired textbooks. Scholarship stud