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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that 5-foot-9, 173-pound Iowa State senior RB Aaron Wimberly lacks the athleticism of diminutive NFL backs like Dexter McCluster.

"He is clearly more comfortable outside the tackles where he can operate in space, using his coordinated footwork to redirect and make sharp cuts with his accurate field sense," Brugler wrote. "Wimberly is tough, but shows very little power and won't do much after initial contact with his undersized frame and minimal growth potential." Wimberly led the Cyclones with 141 carries and 567 rushing yards last season. "He lacks distinguishable athleticism like other pint size backs (i.e. Dexter McCluster) and needs to improve as a pass catcher to boost his NFL resume. Wimberly isn't going to get much bigger, but a healthy and productive 2014 season won't hurt his chances of a NFL future," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 7 - 11:58 PM

Iowa State senior C Tom Farniok could become a draftable prospect if he has a good season, believes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He displays average quickness, but plays with urgency and mobility, having no issues advancing to the second level," Brugler wrote. "Farniok has aggressive, forceful hands, but his placement is streaky, causing him to overextend himself at the waist due to impatience with his overeager demeanor." The 6-foot-3, 295-pound center has started 35 games for the Cyclones. "Although he lacks the upper body strength to simply overpower defenders, he is a veteran and battle-tested with the tough competitive nature to anchor and fight through the whistle," Brugler wrote. "Farniok isn't a sure draft pick at this point, but a strong senior performance could change that."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 7 - 11:48 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Iowa State's addition of assistant coach Mark Mangino will improve the team's passing attack and aid junior WR Quenton Bundrage's development.

Mangino is a former ace assistant for Kansas State and Oklahoma who was criminally underrated as head coach at Kansas before he was dismissed for a practice-related scandal. "[Bundrage] has good height for the position and uses his frame to fight through contact as a ballcarrier, but has a lanky build with little muscle definition," wrote Brugler. "Bundrage catches the ball well in stride and although he has average speed, he flashes a second gear down the field to run away from defenders once he gains a step. He is tight and lacks explosive qualities, but shows sharp footwork in his routes to create some separation." The junior led the team with 48 catches in 2013 and ranked amongst the NCAA leaders with nine TD grabs.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 7 - 10:30 PM

Senior TE E.J. Bibbs is Iowa State's best NFL prospect, believes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The Cyclones added Bibbs as a touted JUCO recruit prior to last season, and he ended up as the squad's second-leading receiver with 39 catches for 462 yards and a pair of touchdowns. "He was used as more of an inline blocker, but still proved capable in the passing game with good body control and hand-eye coordination to snare off-target throws," Brugler wrote. "Bibbs has solid size and frame with room to get stronger, but his upper body strength is average at-best and he needs to improve his hand placement to do more than simply get in the way of defenders. He shows some laziness in his routes and needs to do more to create separation, but lowers his pads well as a ballcarrier, staying balanced through contact." ISU's offense was anemic last year, so the next step in Biggs' evolution is important not only for his NFL chances, but for the Cyclones' fortunes in the Big 12.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 4 - 9:04 PM

Jets selected Iowa State LB Jeremiah George with the No. 154 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

George (5-foot-11 1/4, 234) broke out as a senior to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors, leading the conference in tackles (133) with 12 for a loss and three forced fumbles. George shook off an injury-marred Combine to run a forty in the 4.6s at the Cyclones' Pro Day with an explosive 10-foot-9 broad jump and 38 1/2-inch vertical. George is short, but plays with suddenness and could grow into a starting 4-3 weak-side linebacker. He'll open his career on special teams and try to earn snaps in the nickel.
May 10 - 3:01 PM

Iowa State dismissed senior DL David Irving.

"It’s a privilege and an honor to be a part of this football program and represent Iowa State football, Iowa State athletics and Iowa State University," head coach Paul Rhoades said. "David Irving has exhausted that privilege to represent this football program by not meeting the expectations that we’ve laid out for him." Irving was charged with fifth-degree theft, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief in connection with a student "riot" Tuesday. Photos showed him carrying a stop sign through the crowd.
Apr 13 - 6:09 PM

Iowa State ILB Jeremiah George "looked impressive from start to finish" at last week's pro day, writes draft insider Tony Pauline.

George needed to impress -- and did -- after struggling through a lackluster combine with a hamstring issue. He posted a forty time between 4.6-to-4.66, depending on the watch, greatly improving on his 4.83 number in Indy. George added 30 reps on the bench, 38.5 inches in the vertical jump and a broad jump of 10-9. Taking instruction from the LB coaches of the Jets and Lions, George was impressive enough in testing and position drills that Pauline wrote, "There was a buzz afterwards on George."
Mar 30 - 8:56 PM

Mark Mangino was named offensive coordinator at Iowa State.

Mangino went 50-48 over eight seasons as head coach of Kansas. He was named national coach of the year in 2007, when he led the Jayhawks to an Orange Bowl victory. Mangino spent this past season as the assistant head coach at Youngstown State. "I am beyond thrilled to welcome Coach Mangino to the Cyclone football family," Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said. "He has an imaginative offensive mind, an ability to play to his players' strengths, a track record of winning and a tremendous familiarity with the Big 12 Conference. In terms of calling plays and executing a game plan, he is top shelf."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 6 - 8:51 PM

Iowa State P Kirby Van Der Kamp will attend the Senior Bowl.

"It will be a great experience and it's just nice to know people have been watching me in my overall career and see something in me," Van Der Kamp said. The punter is averaging 42.6 yards on his 281 career punts.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 01:07:00 PM

Iowa State junior DL David Irving was arrested on Wednesday on domestic assault charges.

"The victim claimed to be assaulted by the defendant, who also cut a portion of the victim’s hair, in an argument," according to the complaint. The victim showed bruising and a cut on the side of a leg. Irving has 3.5 tackles for loss on the season.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 10:01:00 AM

Iowa State redshirt freshman LB Luke Knott will miss the remainder of the season with a hip injury.

The linebacker will undergo surgery to repair the injury. Knott is the younger brother of former longtime Iowa State starter Jake. Luke suffered the injury a few weeks ago and has missed the last two games because of it.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 11:14:00 AM

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads announced on Tuesday that redshirt sophomore QB Sam Richardson will remain the team's starter.

Some Cyclones fans have seen enough of Richardson and would prefer that Rhoads go with freshman Grant Rohach -- who made his college debut in Saturday's blowout loss at Baylor -- but that isn't going to happen. "The No. 1 reason is just the knowledge that he has overall, of pre-snap and post-snap," Rhoads said. "Sam's knowledge is just far ahead, quite simply, of where Grant's knowledge is. That's just time and experience." The 1-5 Cyclones host No. 19 Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 08:03:00 PM

Iowa State redshirt sophomore QB Sam Richardson will begin the season as starter.

Cyclones head coach Paul Rhoads defied current college football standard operating procedure when he waived his right to withhold the starter's identity until a few minutes before the opener's kickoff. In fact, Rhoads decided on Richardson over redshirt freshman Grant Rohach (the No. 28 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2012, according to Rivals) prior to the start of fall camp. "[Rohach has done] some things well and has the confidence of our players as we move along," Rhoads said at the ISU media day. "If something happened to Sam -- his helmet came off and he had to miss a snap -- and Grant went in there, there wouldn't be any reservation or hesitation by our kids to keep moving along with our offense."
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 02:00:00 PM

Former South Florida WR D'Vario Montgomery has transferred to Iowa State.

A four-star recruit out of Winter Park, Fla., Montgomery caught six balls for 65 yards in 11 games as a true freshman last season. Montgomery, a jumbo outside matchup nightmare at 6-foot-5, 200-pounds, will sit out this season and have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning next year. "We are thrilled to have D'Vario join the Iowa State football team," Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads said in a statement. "He is a big-play receiver who will fit in tremendously with our needs at that position. He has the chance for a very successful career at Iowa State with his skill-set and size."
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 01:20:00 PM

Iowa State senior RB Shontrelle Johnson has been cleared to participate in all team activities.

Johnson missed the schools bowl game due to a knee injury but word is he will be a full participant when fall camp opens on August 5. Johnson and James White combined for 1,009 rushing yards and four touchdowns last season. We would like to see Jeff Woody get more carries.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 11:05:00 AM


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