Big 12: Drew Davis

Iowa State players cook up a special lunch

June, 15, 2011
If you're one of my more faithful readers, you've heard of the new video board being installed at the north end of Iowa State's Jack Trice Stadium.

Well, somebody's got to actually build it, and the Cyclones paid tribute to those guys on Tuesday.

Iowa State players cooked up hot dogs and pasta salad for lunch to feed the staff helping build the board and give a boost to Iowa State's facilities.

"This was an idea that myself and head football coach Paul Rhoads conceived of," assistant director of operations Markus Alleyne said in a release. "We know that these guys are working hard to get the new board up on time for the start of the season and we're all appreciative, so we decided to grab a couple of our guys, and one of the best chefs on the team, Ethan Tuftee, to cook lunch for the workers."

Tuftee manned the grill, while senior defensive lineman Stephen Ruempolhamer and junior offensive lineman Drew Davis helped set up the table for pasta salad and condiments.

"This crew is working hard and I don't think they get quite the appreciation they deserve," Tuftee said. "It's just our way of saying thank you."

Here's video of the cookout.

Cyclones dismiss starting OL

May, 19, 2010
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads announced the dismissal of starting lineman Scott Haughton on Wednesday.

Details about the dismissal were not provided, but the hole Haughton leaves behind won't be easily filled. The 6-foot-3, 337-pound right tackle started four games as a true freshman before taking over and starting all 13 games as a sophomore in 2009.

Drew Davis, a 6-foot-8, 337-pound sophomore could help replace Haughton, or Rhoads could turn to junior John Caspers (6-foot-6, 295) or senior Sean Smith (6-foot-4, 294).

But the player with the most to lose with Haughton's dismissal is the player whose path Haughton has cleared for the past two seasons: Alexander Robinson.

Iowa State's offensive line gave up just 16 sacks in 2009, third fewest in the Big 12, and helped Robinson rush for 1,195 yards last season, second most in the Big 12.

"The single reason alone was the O-line," Robinson told last month. "The offensive line did a tremendous job, and honestly, they don’t get enough credit. Everybody sees that I had 1,000 yards, but everything starts up front with them and they did a tremendous job all season."

Obviously, no time is a good time for a starting lineman to go down, and the first-team reps Haughton took up during the spring have now been apparently wasted, barring his reinstatement. But Iowa State's line will have the rest of the summer to prepare for preseason camp, when those first-team reps will likely be divided, at least at the start of practice. The earlier a starter emerges, the better.