AMES, Iowa —
Here are five things to look out for as Texas and Iowa State kick off the first full week of Big 12 play.
A win for Wimberly: Iowa State beat out Penn State, TCU and others for Wimberly, a junior college transfer from Iowa Western, and it took just three games for him to seize the starting job. Wimberly averaged 7.2 yards a carry against Tulsa and will likely be the featured back over seniors James White and Shontrelle Johnson moving forward. “He was one of those guys that you didn’t have to spend a lot of time evaluating. You saw the speed. You saw the ability to hit a small hole. You saw very little wasted movement and motion,” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said.
Daje should be A-OK: Texas expects to get back wide receiver/running back Daje Johnson, one of its most explosive playmakers. Johnson hurt his ankle on the third play of a loss at BYU and hasn’t played since. “He looks as good as he did the first couple games. He looks great in practice. There’s no way I’m catching him,” joked Texas guard Trey Hopkins.
Defensive improvement: After allowing 21 first-half points to FCS Northern Iowa in a 28-20 loss, Iowa State’s young defense has improved considerably. The Cyclones have allowed just 55 points in their last 10 quarters.