Oct 20, 2012; Stillwater OK, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back Shontrelle Johnson (21) runs for yardage against Oklahoma State Cowboys safety Shamiel Gary (7) during the second quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports
One of the Iowa State football team’s running backs returned to action last Friday, and has been officially cleared by doctors to return to a full schedule of team activities.
Bobby La Gesse of the Ames Tribune reports on the player status updates that he received from the Cyclones’ head coach on Wednesday.
"Paul Rhoads said that Johnson has been cleared to return to all team activities. Johnson tore his ACL during bowl preparation last season. White missed most of the 2011 season with a broken neck.Rhoads also said that defensive end David Irving and cornerback Jansen Watson are healthy and will be full-go for fall camp, which starts on Aug. 5. Both players missed the spring following shoulder surgery."
Johnson is coming off of his most productive season in 2012. He more than doubled his production from the previous season, carrying the ball 115 times for 504 yards, reaching the endzone twice. He also had 14 catches for 115 yards and an additional touchdown.
The running back from Deland, Florida, will be sharing the role with James White and Jeff Woody, who are all seniors like Johnson. This position will not only be the most experienced on the Cyclones’ roster but also will be the attack to lean on. Especially in the early part of the season to get quarterback Sam Richardson adjusted for a full season of action.