ISU center Tom Farniok to play against brother


Senior lineman Tom Farniok prepares to snap the ball during the Homecoming game against Toledo on Oct. 11 at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones defeated the Rockets 37-30.

Beau Berkley

ISU center Tom Farniok will play against his brother, Derek Farniok, for the final time Saturday, Nov. 1 when Iowa State plays Oklahoma. Derek is a redshirt junior offensive tackle for the Sooners. Here’s a quick look at both Farnioks:

Tom Farniok

  • Started all 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2011
  • Received the Drury Moss Award in 2011, given annually to the best newcomer for ISU football
  • As a redshirt sophomore, Tom started in 13 games, extending his streak to 16 en route to being named to the Big 12 Honorable Mention team
  • Started nine games as a junior after suffering a knee injury in the first game of the season
  • Named to the Rimington Award watch list before the 2014 season. 

Derek Farniok

  • Ranked as a three star recruit coming out of high school by Also ranked as the third best prospect in South Dakota.
  • Along with Oklahoma, had offers from Kansas, UCLA, Minnesota and Wisconsin. 
  • Played in 10 games for the Sooners as a redshirt freshman and made his first career start as a redshirt sophomore. 
  • Has seen action in every game this year as a redshirt junior.

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