Shontrelle Johnson to miss the Liberty Bowl

By Michael Amato


Peter Aiken – USA TODAY Sports


Iowa State Cyclones running back Shontrelle Johnson will be forced to miss the Liberty Bowl with a knee injury. Johnson injured his right knee at practice on Sunday after participating in a non-contact drill. The injury will require surgery to fix the damage. Johnson also missed last year’s Pinstripe Bowl with a neck injury.

The Cyclones will be taking on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and will certainly miss their leading rusher in this one. Johnson ran for 120 yards and a touchdown when the two teams faced each other in the opening week of the 2012 campaign. He has rushed for 504 yards and two scores this season, while averaging 4.4 yards per carry.

Backup James White is hoping to replace Johnson in the line-up on New Year’s Eve. White is dealing with a head injury that he suffered last week, but head coach Paul Rhoads seems confident that he will be ready to go for the Liberty Bowl. White has been a nice counter punch to Johnson as he has posted 469 rushing yards this season, as well as two touchdowns.

The Cyclones are limping into their Bowl game by losing five of their last seven contests. Tulsa on the other hand, after losing to Iowa State in week one, have gone 10-2 the rest of the way. The Cyclones will have to find a way of stopping Tulsa’s ground game if they hope to come out on top. The Golden Hurricane sit 11th in the country with an average of 240 rushing yards per game.

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