August 14, 2007

Lamaak grows into no. 1 tackle role

Redshirt freshman Ben Lamaak has gone from deep reserve tight end to starting tackle in the time it takes spring to turn to late summer. But the positive move and his almost immediate success at the new position are not signs of trouble or desperation for Iowa State. He's that good and should be a force on the Cyclone OL for four years to come. Here's a quick Q&A with the former Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kennedy multi-sport standout.

You've grown a lot in a short time since you've been at Iowa State, how did you make that happen?

It's a little different than high school, I was playing quarterback so I couldn't be 300 pounds. I had basketball season, too. I knew once I came here I had to bigger and stronger and that's what I tried to do. It's just what I have continued to do.

What finally tipped the scale for you in moving from tight end to tackle?

One day the coaches suggested it to me. I didn't really care because I was going to do anything to get on the field and help this team. They decided to switch me. I kind of saw it coming, just being out there and watching the other tight ends in the league and seeing how they were compared to me. My strong points were more leaning towards offensive line than tight end.

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