Run and Shoot: Big 12: Wake-Up Call

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Big 12: Wake-Up Call

SAN ANTONIO -- First-year head coach Gene Chizik arrived at Iowa State and immediately woke everyone up. Literally.

"He had a great idea that we would work out at 5:30 in the morning," wide receiver Todd Blythe said. "I think they were the only ones that thought that was a real great idea, but we all had to go. I think 7:30 was probably the earliest we ever did before and that felt early, so 5:30 just felt stupid."

Blythe said that those crack-of-dawn lifting sessions were the coaches' chance to recruit the returning players and help them buy into the system. But that hour of the morning wasn't easy for anyone involved.

"To tell you the truth, some of the coaches were probably dreading the 5:30 workouts as much as we did," linebacker Alvin Bowen said.

"That's a part of the morning I never thought existed," Bowen continued, to the laughter of the reporters crowding his table. A beat later he grinned: "I'm sorry, I definitely stole that from somebody else."

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