Gather 'round to hear the Sage of the Midwest.
To preface his comments, take note of the following: Iowa State made its last bowl appearance when he was less than one year old. Without a winning season in 2000, his coach, Dan McCarney, may be herded out of Ames. The much-heralded Davis brothers have vacated his backfield.
So what's the word of the wise from Cyclone signal-caller Rosenfels? Actually, it's more of a warning: Iowa State is on its way out of the Big 12 cellar.
"I'm not going to put any numbers on it, but I'm very confident that we're going to play well," he said in Iowa's Cedar Rapids Gazette. "We're going to be a team that people are going to be scared of."
With 11 starts under his belt, it's now or never for Rosenfels, a fifth-year senior, to have a breakout year and substantiate his prediction. He passed for 1,781 yards and 10 touchdowns en route to a mediocre 4-7 record in 1999 -- a season that featured no big wins but three close losses to nationally-ranked teams (Kansas State, Colorado and Texas).
McCarney thinks Rosenfels has what it takes to push Iowa State over the hump.
"[Sage] is sharp, he's accurate, he's confident," McCarney said. "He's got all the intangibles."
-- Luke Winn