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Big 12 Media Days – Iowa State

Upgrades to Jack Trice Stadium have Iowa State fans hoping for improvements in the Cyclones this season. Head coach Paul Rhoads believes the home atmosphere alone can contribute to a better mark than 2-10 from a year ago.

“We’ll be up to 61,000 seats, which will put us as the third largest venue in the Big 12 Conference,” said Rhoads.

“The bottom line coming out of this summer, coming out of this off‑season is we are a closer football team heading into 2015. Talent, experience, continuity, all very important, but if you don’t have that chemistry, if you don’t have that closeness, you’re starting at a disadvantage,” Rhoads added.

“Yeah, we’ve been porous as far as stopping the run. I think the addition of several defensive players, the junior college players that I talked about, I think the continued development of the players within our program, I think our defensive line is going to have depth. I think our defensive line is going to have talent,” said Rhoads.

“Our fan base, which I’ll categorize as the most loyal in all of college football, they’ve got a realistic view on what’s taken place with injuries the past season. I think they share in the excitement and expectations of this football team,” Rhoads added.

Voiceover/Produced by Zach Sepanik

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