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Iowa State needs more offense to keep up with high-powered Big 12

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New Iowa State offensive coordinator Mark Mangino watches practice Monday in Ames. New Iowa State offensive coordinator Mark Mangino watches practice Monday in Ames.
AMES, Iowa (KTIV) -  Iowa State had trouble stopping anyone last season. The Cyclones gave up a Big 12 worst 36 points per game. The offense was OK, but needs to get better to keep up.

Iowa State averaged a respectable 25 points per game last season but that was next to last in the conference.

Head coach Paul Rhoads brought in former Kansas coach Mark Mangino as the new offensive coordinator. He got the nickname "Man-genius" for turning the Jayhawks into a top ten team.

ISU averaged 363 yards per game last year and with the addition of 4-star wide receiver recruit Allen Lazard they can do more.

"I think we're very explosive. We have a lot of depth at all four positions," said freshman WR Allen Lazard. "I really think the sky's the limit for us."

"Ball distribution is key in this offense," said ISU head coach Paul Rhoads. "You can't just have a go-to guy and worry about him getting 70 catches and then 20-some with the other guys."

Iowa State opens the season against North Dakota State on August 30th. Then it's a home game against Kansas State before a trip to Iowa.
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