Being accountable is part of the master plan and Rhoads is seeing it


The Iowa State football program has been built by Paul Rhoads and his staff on three guiding principles. One of them is being accountable to one another.

Rhoads gave us a glimpse of that factor emerging with his team. He was asked Monday about the Cyclones’ turnover problems at Iowa and he acknowledged that his team can’t keep winning if it loses the turnover battle.

Rhoads also shared excitement about his players’ response to the errors this season. He talked about a fumbled exchange between quarterback Steele Jantz and tailback James White on Iowa’s 21-yard line.

“On the exchange fumble, they pointed the finger at themselves,” Rhoads said of Jantz and White. “When you start having that type of ownership and you’re not looking at it as being someone else’s mistake, you are moving in the right direction as a program.”

Adversity and mistakes will happen. Responding to them appropriately is a learned lesson and it’s starting to feel like these Cyclones do understand.

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