CEDAR RAPIDS - Significant tennis accolades are often the byproduct of substantial individual focus.
But with the Iowa City West boys' tennis team, a team-first demeanor has produced glory for all.
The top-ranked Trojans (12-0, 9-0 Missi ... »
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AMES — Brian Seda was always ready for the opportunity to come.
“I just go to practice and play as hard as I can every practice,” Seda said. “If it came or didn’t come, I was just here to help the team in any way possible.”
Seda held that mind-set each of the last three years. Then last Saturday at TCU, he was called on to be more than just a good teammate. The redshirt senior made his first start and played his first snap in a college game.
The 6-foot-6, 295-pound guard is on track to get his second start Saturday at home against San Jose State.
“It was kind of like a dream come true,” Seda said. “The more exciting part for me was my family was going to the game in Texas, regardless, so they actually made it down to Texas for my first start so that was a pretty good feeling to have them there with me.”
Seda was a four-sport athlete at North Tama High School and held a love for Iowa State since he was a kid. His dad is a graduate and he spent Saturdays coming to games while he grew up.
After his high school career, Seda thought about playing football and baseball at Buena Vista, but ultimately knew where he wanted to go and what he wanted to do.
“I don’t know if anybody loves Iowa State more than Brian Seda,” said Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell. “We did the Cyclone Tailgate Tour and I think he signed up for every single one of them as a player to go. He bleeds this place.
“He goes 100 miles an hour every single day and he really worked hard, continued to get bigger and stronger in the offseason and then came in fall camp and I think we were all like, ‘Gosh, this guy’s got a chance to help us somewhere down the line.’”
Campbell said Seda played 70-plus snaps at left guard last week against the Horned Frogs, but will flip to right guard while Patrick Scoggins assumes left guard duties. Saturday will be the first time Iowa State has put the same five offensive line starters on the field at the same time — left tackle Nick Fett, center Brian Bobek and right tackle Julian Good-Jones are the other three.
“I’m not the most talented guy out there, I’d be the first one to tell you that, but no one is going to play harder than me out there,” Seda said. “That’s my mission is to give it everything I’ve got.”
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