Tommy Vaughn was the real deal in the day...plus he played both ways. He is also in the movie Paper Lion. Great All-American and had a lengthy pro career with the Lions. He was also an assistant coach under Earl Bruce and Donny Duncan I think.
Every school knew he was our only major offensive weapon at the time and he still through up insane numbers.
I will assume by offensive weapon you are refering to skill position players, remember TD had some pretty good OL in front of him. It would have been interesting to see if he could have gotten another 2000 if he returned his Sr year without the OL from the years before.
Joe Henderson was a 1000 yard rusher. I use to go watch practice because I had a friend trying to walk-on at the time and JH would leave everybody behind when they ran distance, he had the endurance of a cross country runner.
Not near the top of the list, but another talented guy was Calvin Branch. He ended up transfering to Colorado St. and I believe played in the NFL. He probably didn't get his full due because he played in Walden's triple option.
#1 I still got my TD jersey, plus, though he couldn't speak it well he was a really nice guy. #2 Ennis was the consumate workhorse we needed to win. Still played on the winningest team in State history. #3 Joe H. just because he was freaking huge. He'd come around our HS practices from time to time and work with us kids. Didn't have to, just another fine example of a great ISU student-athlete.
Iowa State became the Cyclones after they leveled Northwestern in 1895. As the Chicago Tribune (9/29/1895) noted:
'Struck by a Cyclone
It Comes from Iowa and Devastates Evanston Town'
Strachan was a beast who combined a hard running style with some of the best pure RB skills that I have seen from ISU backs. He got off to a great start in the NFL as a Saint with just under 900 total yards as a rookie.
If he could have kept his nose clean (literally), he could have been one of the better pros from ISU. Sadly for him, the bad habits he fell into overshadowed his talent.
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