The Ralphie Report sits down with the fantastic Iowa State blog, Clone Chronicles, for a quick Q&A.
What is the general consensus about the direction Chizik has the program going in? Is he taking the steps they believed were necessary to bring the program back to the Big 12 North forefront when he was hired? Is there improvement going on?
Kind of tough to say at this point. There was a definite feeling that we were totally capable of a winning season, but I think things just started snowballing after the Iowa loss. Last season and this season should be rock bottom, and improvement needs to be made next year. We're playing so many freshmen that they are a little overwhelmed. To that end, it's tough to show improvement in the Big 12.
See the rest of the questions after the jump...
Leonard Johnson. The true freshman CB set an NCAA record last week with over 300 KR yards. He's not bad at cornerback either, though he's certainly not perfect. He - more than anyone - is a guy that I look at and say that he'll be playing football for more than just four years at Iowa State.
The flashes of ability that lets us know what we are capable of. Should've beaten Kansas. Could have beaten Iowa and UNLV. We're not that far away from 5-4. But with youth comes ups and downs. It's not anything that couldn't be expected.
Offense is a semi-spread attack that we try to set up with the run and short passes. We also run the Wildcat formation at times, and have attempted a few reverse passes. Defense will be Cover 2, with weaknesses up the middle and short along the sidelines.
You mean besides kick return? Not much. We can force turnovers at an ungodly rate, but rarely do anything with them. Our punter should be up for the Ray Guy award...but isn't. As far as weaknesses, we're 2-7. I don't have the finger strength to list them.
Colorado will win if: they limit mistakes.