The 2013 Iowa State Cyclones are coming off their third bowl season in four years. Head Coach Paul Rhoads has invigorated the fan base with record season ticket sales and over 50,000 fans at the past 13 games, a Cyclone record. Last season once again featured inconsistency at the Quarterback position. Senior Steele Jantz with some success, but was pulled in favor of Jared Barnett after 4 games. Coach Rhoads would then go back to Steele but by the end of the year the job fell to Redshirt Freshman Sam Richardson. Sam announced his presence by trouncing the Kansas Jayhawks, but fell short the next week West Virginia. Still the team had earned a bowl bid, only for them to lose in a rematch against Tulsa who they had beaten in the first game of the season. Sam Richardson tried to play through the flu but Tulsa took advantage. Steele graduated and Jared Barnett transferred to Illinois State so Sam Richardson will lead the Cyclones this season backed up by promising Redshirt Freshman Grant Rohach. He will have help with a solid stable of running backs led by Seniors James White, Jeff Woody, and Shontrelle Johnson. The defense lost the schools best ever linebacking duo of Jake Knott and AJ Kline both of whom are currently in NFL camps. Senior Jeremiah George will have the heavy burden of replacing them, leading the linebacking corps and the rest of the defense. The Cyclones also lost multiple Seniors on the DL so they will have to do what they can with their green replacements. The secondary does have some leaders with Senior safeties Jacques Washington and Deon Broomfield and Senior corner Jansen Watson returning. This season the Cyclones hope to make some noise in the Big 12. They have a young team but the team has exceeded expectations every year under Coach Rhoads. They are looking forward to really tough games against in state Rival Iowa and Big 12 bully Texas.