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AMES (KWWL)--The 2011 Iowa State football opens spring practices without its top returning touchdown maker.

Former Dubuque Hempstead star Josh Lenz is sitting out the first week of practice with an ankle injury suffered during spring break. Cyclone head coach Paul Rhoads is hoping to get Lenz back on the field next week.

The Cyclones will have battles at several positions as they look for replacements at quarterback, safety and several other spots. The quarterback question could be answered by junior college transfer Steele Jantz--who came to Ames from City College of San Francisco.

But Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads says there will still be competition for the job. He talks about what that person will need:

"Leadership intelligence, decision making. Decision making maybe the most important of that. Guy can full understand this offense but when the bullets are flying and the flames are hot he's got to be able to make the right decisions."

The Cyclones have thirteen practice days culminating with the spring game on April 16th.

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