By Chris Williams, CycloneFanatic.com PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams
Paul Rhoads used the words “horrible” and “awful” to describe his team’s recent rush defense performances on Monday.
Can you blame him?
In Iowa State’s last two games against Baylor and Missouri, the Cyclones have given up 391 and 294 yards on the ground.
“It needs addressed. It needs fixed,” said Rhoads. “Wally (Burnham) and his staff and the players are working hard to shore that up.”
Things won’t get any easier on Saturday in Ames, as Texas A&M will bring the nation’s 16th best rushing offense into town.
What will the Cyclones do to improve in this vitally important category? It’s pretty simple actually. Get back to fundamentals.
“I thought that we tackled poorly for probably the first time on Saturday down in Columbia,” said Rhoads. “What they did created a lot of space and too many holes, even when we had guys in gaps there was space to operate with.”
That’s likely what Iowa Stat