Broomfield past cut block, Farniok healthy


Jonathan Krueger/Iowa State Daily

UNI junior running back David Johnson fumbles the ball near the endzone in the last minutes of the game against the Cyclones on Aug. 31 at Jack Trice Stadium. Cyclones defensive back Deon BroomfieldCQ picked up the fumble giving the Cyclones a last chance but to no avail the Cyclones lost 20-28.

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Deon Broomfield didn’t hear it.

Speaking to the media for the first time since Texas wide receiver Mike DavisCQ cut blocked him in the end zone Thursday night, Broomfield said he didn’t need to hear the whistle.

Why would he when Texas running back Johnathan Gray was in the tail of the end zone and the play was over?

“I mean the running back was in the back of the end zone and the touchdown had been called,” Broomfield said. “I didn’t have to hear the whistle, I saw it was a done play.”

The Big 12 publicly reprimanded Davis, who was called for a personal foul when he cut at the knees of Broomfield with 4:30 left in the third quarter.

“I’m sure the Big 12 office has followed a long history of protocol with cases just like this with players and coaches doing what they feel is the right thing to do in the situation as far as discipline and I fully accept that,” said ISU coach Paul Rhoads. “It has no effect on our preparation for Texas Tech and that’s what I’m focused on.”

Farniok healthy

For ISU center Tom Farniok, first it was the knee. Then the ankle. Then in the days leading up to the 31-30 loss to Texas, he came down with the stomach flu.

Now that Farniok has all of it in the rear view, he’s just happy he can practice fully leading up to Saturday’s game in Lubbock against No. 20 Texas Tech.

“It was kind of what can go wrong now,” Farniok said. “I’ve been out so long, I’m just happy to have a full week of practice. I didn’t play very well against Texas and it showed I hadn’t been practicing so I’m happy to get back and get a full week under my belt.”

As for the rest of the offensive line, it’s a fluid situation with practice determining who will start against the Red Raiders.

In the depth chart for Monday Oct. 7, the only difference from last week is Oni Omoile, redshirt sophomore, is listed as the starter at strong guard as opposed to quick guard, where he started against the Longhorns Thursday night.

“I know where we’re at starting tomorrow, but we’ll see how we practice,” said ISU offensive line coach Chris Klenakis. “If we were to play a game tomorrow I know who we’d start, but we have to practice to get ready for [Saturday’s] game.”