Sorry for the lack of news articles this week. The holidays are always a busy time of year, especially when the Iowa State men’s basketball team is winning a championship and the blog has released a new podcast. So let’s hit on some news that we missed, including Iowa State football’s best defensive player headed to a newer postseason all-star game.
Nov 30, 2013; Morgantown, WV, USA; Iowa State Cyclones linebacker Jeremiah George (52) dives to tackle West Virginia Mountaineers running back Dreamius Smith (2) during the second quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Senior linebacker Jeremiah George is headed to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which takes place on January 18th in California.
George talks about the game in the Cyclones.com official release.
"“This is a game that is put on by the actual player union, and with dreams of playing in the National Football League (NFL), it makes me feel like I am one step closer,” George said.A First-Team All-Big 12 selection in 2013, George broke out in his final season as a Cyclone, leading the Big 12 in tackles at 11.1. He led the Cyclones in virtually every major defensive statistical category: tackles (133), tackles for loss (12.0), sacks (3.5), interceptions (2) and forced fumbles (3)."
The linebacker also said in the release that he will be preparing for the NFL in Houston. With him not being a redshirt, that means he’ll have to complete his classwork at a later date. He plans to finish his degree in the 2015 spring semester.
With how much talent George has, his dream of playing in the NFL could be fulfilled. Draft experts believe he could be drafted in the later rounds or picked up as a free agent. I fully expect him to play on Sundays.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl debuted in 2012. This year, it will take place at the California State University campus and will be televised on ESPN2.
Other Iowa State players in college football postseason action:
- Kirby Van Der Kamp: Senior Bowl
- Deon Broomfield: Medal of Honor Bowl