Rhoads will salute the seniors, but he’s also challenging them to accomplish more.

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Senior Day is so much more special when there is something to play for.

The players, who will be honored Friday, are a special group. They are also a mixed bag according to Coach Paul Rhoads.

“There is a group we inherited and a group that we recruited,” Rhoads said. “So, you are looking at two different journeys.”

One thing they all represent, however, is a new era for Iowa State football.

“Those guys have defined the culture of the modern era of Cyclone football,” Rhoads said with emotion on Monday. “That’s pretty neat.”

But as much as Rhoads salutes them for great achievement in the past, he is also challenging them to further change perceptions for his program.

“Things we can still attain are: four Big 12 wins – haven’t done that; seven regular-season wins – haven’t done that, chance at an eighth overall win – haven’t done that; and top half finish in the Big 12 – haven’t done that,” Rhoads spelled out. “That’s great motivation for our kids.”

Before the game, Iowa State will salute the seniors. Hopefully, the celebration continues post-game as another step is taken towards some of those unfilled goals, too.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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