Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Under the radar: Iowa State Cyclones
By David Ubben
Time for the next team in our series examining one player on each Big 12 team who will enter 2012 with a profile that doesn't quite match his worth to the team.
In other words, they're coming in under the radar.
Next up: the Iowa State Cyclones.
Under the radar: James White, RB
Folks around Ames know White well, but does anyone else? I highly doubt it. White earned a place in Cyclone lore for a memorable run to clinch a three-overtime win against rival Iowa in the second game of the season. After Shontrelle Johnson suffered a season-ending neck injury against Texas, White became the team's featured back He carried a hefty load all season, exploding for his first 100-yard game in a loss to Baylor, and adding his second in a blowout win against Texas Tech in Lubbock.
White seems to have a flair for the dramatic. His first touchdown reception came in overtime against Oklahoma State, setting up the Cyclones' eventual upset, the biggest of the season in college football.
Johnson might return this season. He might not. It's still up in the air. White will be there, though, and don't be surprised if he cracks 1,000 yards quietly for the Cyclones, who have tons of uncertainty at quarterback entering the season. White slowed down the stretch, but proved early on that he can be productive and finished with 743 yards and eight touchdowns. He might build on that production as a junior in 2012.