eh...who knows? Allen Bell and JJ Bass seem to be the real deal. Bowen, Banks, and Rubin are all JC's and have contributed. Nickel was a solid JC and Scott Fisher started 2 years. Then you got 3/4 star guys like Thomas Patton and John Machado who never really do anything. We really need those JC D-Lineman to step up and give us depth though...
You just cannot RELY on juco talent like you can high school talent (which is not to imply relying on high school talent=success, it requires lots of scouting and the right recruiting.) if a team went with jucos on an every year basis, i can guarantee they would not be a very good team.
i think the biggest gamble we have is wallace franklin, he seems to be the darkest of them all.. i know personally that JJ bass and Allen Bell are going to make it. But usually when a JUCO comes in and DOES suceed... they turn into a huge leader and usually good things happen...
Seneca Wallace, one of ISUs best seasons under McCarney- heisman candidate
Tim Dobbins/Lemarcus Hicks- Succussful bowl season, beat iowa, should have beat nebraska
Alvin Bowen/John Banks- 2006 flat... 2007?? could be the year
John Machado is great on special teams
some jucos are worth the risk, some arent
thanks for clearing that up.. by the way,, the word from Wallace Franklin " ill be there in June"
I call it the 50/50 rule for JUCOs. 50% of the JUCOs you sign will make it to campus, and 50% of those that do make it will actually contribute.
New recruit is from Cozad, NE - Luke Pinkleman, a 6-3 287 pound shot-putter and discus star. He is half an inch behind Cozad teammate Jared Crick (who is a dual football recruit for NE) in the state leading shot puts for the year. He visited ISU three weeks ago and will get a track and field schollie and be allowed to do football also. Nebraska refused to let him be more than track and field. The switch to ISU surprised Nebraska people. Nebraska Loss is our gain. Omaha World Herald reported the story.
I was hoping for more from the O-line Juco players that enrolled at the semester. Four signed, 3 remain and one (Dedrick) was listed as a starter for the Spring game.
Of the remaining 8 JUCO players enrolling this fall, I hope more than 25% end up as first team players.
acgclone - We have 5 JUCOS as number ones now:
2 more in the two deeps:
Blaes (Who will end up starting somewhere on the line by fall)
I expect Bass, Bell, Wier, Tate, Bibbs, and Franklin to start or contribute....thats is better than your 1 out of 50...
Don't Forget LB Jeremy Lloyd. He played in the NFL a little bit for St. Louis.
Better get used to Jucos. That is the team this year. The two deeps won't hold up come September. Almost the entire defensive side of the ball will be Juco's
S-Smith, Wouldn't be surprised if AJ Matthews cracked two deep as true frosh.