Four weeks ago, Aaron Wimberly was coming off his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game.
After a tailback by committee for several weeks, it appeared the Cyclones had determined their lead ball carrier. A little more than a game later, Wimberly was injured at Baylor. For two straight game, the Cyclones have gone to battle without his services.
At Monday’s news conference, Wimberly’s name never/barely came up although his health continues to improve. Paul Rhoads was asked, however, about the pending return of tackle Jacob Gannon.
The possible return of a tackle got more attention than the possible return of the team’s top multi-threat playmaker. That kind of summarizes the kind of year that ISU has faced in the trenches.
“I would argue he (Gannon) was playing as good on the o-line as anybody when we lost him,” Rhoads said. “With other injuries at that particular position group, we couldn’t afford for him to go down. It would be a great shot in the arm if he could play.”
When Gannon was shelved a couple weeks back, freshman Daniel Burton moved from guard to tackle to fill in. Getting Gannon back allows Burton to move back to his best position (guard).
Plus, Gannon’s return would bring some maturity to the line.
“There’s a level of toughness that comes along with being a junior,” Rhoads said.
Wimberly’s possible return someday soon would be welcome news, as well.
It’s ironic, though, that a lineman’s potential return got more of a mention at Monday’s news conference than that of Iowa State’s best offensive weapon.