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All-American Blaise Bryant Returns To Ames

Release: 11/20/2011
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AMES, Iowa- Blaise Bryant, a familiar face to all Iowa State football fans, returned to Ames this weekend to watch the Cyclones take on No. 2 Oklahoma State.

Bryant was the nation's leading junior college rusher (1,691 yards) at Golden West JC when he arrived in Ames prior to the 1989 season. There was a lot of hype surrounding Bryant that year, but most wouldn't have predicted his immediate success at the Big Eight and national level.

A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Bryant was phenomenal in his junior season with the Cyclones. He led the Big Eight in rushing (1,516 yards) and scoring (120) that year, ranking fourth nationally in rushing and setting the new Iowa State single-season standard in that category. His rushing total in 1989 now ranks third all-time in Cyclone history behind Troy Davis' two 2,000-yard seasons. The Cyclones finished the season at 6-5 and posted a winning mark (4-3) in the Big Eight for the first time since 1978.

The 1989 Big Eight Newcomer of the year was named Third-Team All-American by the Associated Press, as No. 21 rambled for over 200 yards in a game twice, including 208 yards against Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Bryant suffered numerous injuries in his senior season (1990), but he still managed to lead the team in rushing (753) and touchdowns (12). He ended his career with 31 rushing touchdowns, tying for the third-best all-time in school history.

Bryant had a chance to sit down with this weekend. Click on the photo above to watch the interview with Bryant.
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