Cyclone have second-fewest every game starters in league

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Four of the first five questions at Paul Rhoads’ Monday news conference were about injuries.

How serious was Jevohn Miller injured? What is Devlyn Cousins’ status? How do injuries affect a team and how do you work through them? What is QB Sam Richardson’s availability?

It has been that kind of year for Rhoads and his staff.

The number of season-ending injuries is closing in on double figures. And, that includes only guys that spent time in the two-deep.

Ten of the 22 every-down positions had a different starter Saturday than what ISU used in the season opener eight games ago.

It has been that kind of year for Rhoads and his staff.

The Cyclones have 10 players, who have started every game so far. That number will drop to nine this week as Miller has already been ruled out for Kansas.

Texas Tech (seven) and ISU have the fewest number of players who have started each week. TCU (16), Oklahoma (16) and Kansas State (15) have the most. They also sit towards the top of the league standings.

It has been that kind of year for Rhoads and his staff.

Last week, the Cyclones were unable to slow the Sooners’ rushing attack. That’s a fact. Going into spring practice, Iowa State probably would have listed Rodney Coe, David Irving, Brandon Jensen and Cousins as their top interior linemen. Only Jensen (couple of plays) saw action vs. OU.

“The injuries have placed a heavy load on us,” Rhoads said.

It has been that kind of year for Rhoads and his staff.

But, you keep your head up and compete. Rhoads’ teams have done that pretty consistently. That is the expectation for Saturday in Lawrence, too.

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