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Gratitude is the name of Cyclone player Kelechi Osemele

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In the Nigerian homeland of Kelechi Osemele's family, his first name translates as "Thank God."

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads certainly can relate. He says he is glad to have 6-foot-6, 347-pound offensive tackle playing for the Cyclones.

Osemele became part of Gene Chizik's first recruiting class at Iowa State, signing in February 2007. He didn't start until eighth game in 2008, and hasn't missed a start since. When the Cyclones open the season against Northern Iowa on Sept. 3, Osemele will start his 31st consecutive game.

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