Running backs showcased at Iowa State spring game
April 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Fifteen spring practices give college coaches a chance to develop and feel out what their team will be. The last of those practices for the Iowa State football team was held Saturday in Jack Trice Stadium. Players switched sides throughout the scrimmage, highlighting the competition for playing time.
Eleven starters from last year’s bowl loss return for Iowa State, which is trying to reach its fourth bowl game in five seasons under coach Paul Rhoads. Saturday afternoon gave an early look at the team’s running back corps — a group that’s impressed the Iowa State coaching staff and appears to be a strength.
DeVondrick Nealy — a 5-foot-10, 183-pound sophomore — had a game-high 18 carries and 142 yards, scoring touchdowns with the first- and second-team offenses. Junior college transfer Aaron Wimberly, a 5-foot-9 speedster, had 15 carries for 89 yards and was targeted several occasions for pass plays.