Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads was impressed by the Cyclones' defensive unit on Saturday.
AMES, Iowa (KTIV) -
Coming off a 3-9 season in which Iowa State finished near the bottom of the Big 12, there's only one way to go: up.
With the Cyclones' spring game in the books, there just might be reason for optimism in Ames.
There were strong performances abound in Saturday's spring game, starting with quarterback Grant Rohach.
The sophomore led the Cyclones on three scoring drives and passed for 171 yards.
But the surprise of the day was the defense that finished dead last in the Big 12 last season.
With 12 sacks and two interceptions in the spring game, Head Coach Paul Rhoads was impressed with his defensive unit.
"With a limited playbook, I thought it would favor the offense, quite honestly," said head coach Paul Rhoads. "The defense really stepped up and played together. They played with energy and performed well."
Iowa State opens its 2014 football season August 30th against North Dakota State.
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