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IOWA CITY, IA - Bruce Nelson says there are only two stoplights in all of Palo Alto county -- and both of them are in his hometown of Emmetsburg in northwest Iowa. Nelson, who will start his 45th consecutive game for Iowa's football team Saturday, said the small-town Iowans on the roster "take a lot of (good-natured) grief from the Chicago guys.'' But Nelson quickly adds that "there isn't a better place to grow up'' than Emmetsburg. Also, Brad Banks is making a late run for the Heisman.

Bruce Nelson was talking about stoplights. "We have two of them in my whole county,'' the Iowa center said. "Steiny probably has two stoplights at each end of his block.'' "Steiny'' is Eric Steinbach, the left guard who plays alongside Nelson in the Hawkeyes' standout offensive line. The 6-7, 284-pound Steinbach is from New Lenox, Ill., and is on his way to becoming a first-team all-Big Ten...

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