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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Stevie Hicks dies at 25

OMAHA, Neb. - Former Iowa State University football player Stevie Hicks has died after being found under a bridge in downtown Omaha, Neb.

Police say the 25-year-old Stevie Hicks was found about 8:30 a.m. Friday on Interstate 480.

Police have released no information about Stevie Hicks' death.

Stevie Hicks was the Cyclones' top rusher for three consecutive seasons, rolling up more than 2,100 yards in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons combined, despite injuries that limited his playing time

Stevie Hicks, a Creighton Prep football star and leading running back at Iowa State, died Friday after he was found lying on Interstate 480 near downtown Omaha.

Police were investigating the death. They released no details and gave no explanation of what may have happened. Hicks, 25, was found about 8:30 a.m. on I-480 under the bridges that form the I-480 and North Freeway interchange.

Former ISU head football coach Dan McCarney, Hicks’ coach as a Cyclone, said he is deeply shocked and saddened over the death of Stevie Hicks.

“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Stevie's family,” McCarney said. “Stevie had the biggest smile. He was a tremendous competitor and he leaves behind a great legacy of memories, achievements and respect from his coaches, teammates and fans.”

Stevie Hicks was Iowa State’s top rusher three years running, despite injuries that limited him as ajunior and senior. Stevie Hicks rolled up 1,062 yards as a sophomore, 545 as a junior and 523 in his senior year, 2006.

Stevie Hicks’ first career touchdown came at Baylor in the final seconds of a 26-25 victory in a 2004 season that saw Iowa State win four of its last five games to earn a share of the Big 12 Conference North Division championship. Stevie Hicks had 10 career 100-yard games, the biggest coming with a career-high 159 yards on 27 carries and a TD in Iowa State’s 17-13 win over Miami of Ohio in the 2004 Independence Bowl.

Former Iowa State quarterback Bret Meyer was stunned by the news of Stevie Hicks’ death.

“I was talking with former teammates tonight, and we all remember Stevie as a guy who was always in a good mood,” Meyer said. “You could count on him as a teammate to keep the mood light. He was a part of our football family. I just can’t believe it.”

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