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Lenz ready for sophomore campaign at ISU

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AMES (KWWL) -- There's no doubt that former Dubuque Hempstead standout Josh Lenz is set and ready to go for his sophomore season at Iowa State.  Lenz saw limited time at receiver and kick returner for the Cyclones during his freshman season before a pair of hernias sidelined him during that rookie campaign.

Lenz used to tear up the field in the Mississippi Valley Conference in high school now he's facing national powers like Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.  The Cyclone receiver admits things are a bit different now.

"It's kind of surreal," says Lenz, "Even just playing here in Jack Trice with all the Iowa State fans.  They're great fans.  It's just unreal to be out here.  I never thought I'd be able to come out here and play."

According to head coach Paul Rhoads, how much he plays could just be a matter of his health. 

"Josh Lenz is equally talented when it comes to the room that he's in," says Rhoads, "Now we want to make sure that he's equally healthy, so I'm anxious for him to get into camp, apply his health, his speed, his athleticism, and see him be a large contributor to that wide receiver corps."

Josh Lenz and the Cyclones open Thursday, September 2nd against Northern Illinois.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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