Big 12: JaQuarius Daniels

Iowa State receivers struggling with injury

March, 28, 2012
Iowa State's receivers need a big spring, but injuries are keeping major contributors off the field.

Aaron Horne, a juco transfer who caught 38 passes for 431 yards in his first season, will miss the rest of the spring with a broken collarbone. He suffered the injury on Saturday, coach Paul Rhoads told reporters this week.

Fellow receivers Ja’Quarius Daniels (shoulder) and Chris Young (concussion) are also being kept off the field.

Iowa State's leading receiver, Darius Reynolds, is gone, and Josh Lenz will enter his senior season as one of the top targets, but his production narrowly outpaced Horne's, with 39 catches for 510 yards.

The unit was one of the least productive in the Big 12, and one of the positions that needs the most improvement this spring.

If that's going to happen, the receivers obviously have to stay healthy. Not what Iowa State wanted to see this spring.

The 2011 Big 12 Recruiting All-Name Team

February, 23, 2011
I love a good name. I hope you do, too. If you don't, you're going to hate this post.

Nevertheless, here we go. A couple hundred new players will be joining the Big 12 next year, and among them are players with great names. You ought to know by now, I love alliteration. That's one way to land on this team. Some share a name with someone notable. Some of them just roll off the tongue. All of them are unforgettable.

Here are the best:

Team MVP: Steele Jantz, QB, Iowa State: I mean ... obviously. I'm unsure of what a Jantz is, but if it's made of steel, you know your quarterback is in good shape.

Dreamius Smith, RB, Kansas: His himself came true as soon as he signed his letter of intent. A strong, strong candidate for team MVP.

Boston Stiverson, OG, Kansas State: We already have too many players in the Big 12 named for towns in Texas. It's time for expansion ... to the East Coast.

Floyd Raven, CB, Texas A&M and Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech: Both are always good for a solid quoth.

Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas: Mostly just awesome. Also, unique. It means "warrior" and if you Google "Quandre," results for Diggs are 10 of the first 11 that pop up.

Danzel Williams, RB, Oklahoma: He got game. His spin move is nicknamed "The Hurricane." You won't forget this titan. He's unstoppable, and his teammates will find out when training day arrives this fall. Remember though, that's in Norman, not Philadelphia.

Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor: The Bears' top recruit should be fine unless he's lined up against a defensive lineman named Rocky. Fortunately, Oklahoma linebacker Rocky Calmus (another all-name teamer, by the way) is long gone from the Big 12. Any 2012 recruits named Apollo: Beware.

Beau Blackshear, DE, Baylor: Likely received a scholarship from every coach he introduced himself to.

JaQuarius Daniels, ATH, Iowa State: His age is dawning.

Cody Whitehair, OT, Kansas State: Name aside, he still has all four years of eligibility remaining. And ladies, he's a brunette.

Miketavious Jones, CB, Oklahoma State: He's no Barkevious Mingo at LSU, but he's the closest thing to it.

Jaxon Shipley, WR, Texas: The Shipley name is nothing new when it comes to Big 12 receivers, but he's certainly the only "Jaxon" I've ever seen. Points for the new-age spelling.

Anybody get snubbed? Who deserves to be on the list.