Sitting in the third row on the 40-yard line at Jack Trice Stadium Saturday was Jackie Sherrill, the former Cyclone assistant and college head coach for 27 seasons. He was in town to speak at Iowa State’s coaches’ clinic.
Sherrill was waiting patiently to watch the team’s first spring scrimmage.
Paul Rhoads admitted last week that he wanted to see his backs make tacklers miss.
Sherrill probably saw his share of backs make tacklers miss. He coached eight 1,000-yard rushers in his career and also had a number of teams that that featured a couple of runners with more than 600 yards each.
Whether it’s one, two or three productive runners doesn’t matter. It’s all about moving the chains consistently.
The take-away from Saturday was that ISU has multiple productive ball carriers on its roster.
Newcomer Aaron Wimberly, sophomore Devondrick Nealy and senior James White all had their moments. Runs were extended beyond what was blocked and that had to be pleasing to Rhoads.
“Aaron (Wimberly) stood out and had a lot of productive plays,” said Rhoads. “Devondrick Nealy and James White also stood out today. Anytime you start getting elevated play by individuals with competition going on, you start getting better play out of everybody. That’s the case at running back.”
Maybe that’s why Coach Sherrill was smiling. He must have liked what he saw, too.