Aaron Wimberly is used to having a big impact on the football field without being fed the ball play after play. This is the second season in a row when his team had five capable tailbacks on the roster.
The reigning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week has carried the ball on just 26% of the Cyclones’ run plays this fall. Many have called for Wimberly to get the ball more.
“Aaron is the starter for game 4 and will get the bulk of the carries,” Coach Paul Rhoads said Monday. “Yea, he’s our guy.”
A year ago, Wimberly led Iowa Western Community College to the national championship.
It might be surprising to Cyclone fans to learn that he had only 31% of the Reivers’ run attempts last year, a similar workload to what he’s had with ISU through three games.
Wimberly did lead IWCC in rushing – both yards and attempts – last season but he was one of five runners that saw the field frequently.
- Wimberly led his team in 100-yard games (7) but three different teammates also eclipsed the century mark on the ground.
- Wimberly had the most carries in only 7 of 12 games (his season high was 28 and he had 23 in another game).
- Wimberly ran for 96 ypg, while fellow running backs Don Jackson (64), Vernard Roberts (51), Michael Freeman (34) and Ellis Jordan (33) also contributed to IWCC’s 262-yard rushing norm.
Wimberly has certainly garnered some of the spotlight with big plays in the rushing, receiving and kick returning aspects of the game as a Cyclone. Because of that, his workload will likely be increasing.
But, he’s used to sharing the ball from his time at Iowa Western. The bottom line is all about wins and he certainly raises the prospects for such with his speed and explosion and selflessness.