(Ames) – Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads announced his captains for the 2014 season after the first practice of fall camp this morning.
Returning senior All-Big 12 performers Tom Farniok (OL), E.J. Bibbs (TE) and Cory Morrissey (DE) were voted by their teammates to lead the Cyclones during the 2014 campaign.
“Being elected captain at Iowa State is an important responsibility and it’s a huge compliment to Cory, E.J. and Tom,” Rhoads said. “First of all, it’s elected by their peers. Secondly, we take the time to discuss what goes in to it. We want leadership.
We want decision-making and that capability. These are guys that have to stand up sometimes to their teammates and not just pat them on the back all the time. It’s a great responsibility and a great honor to be elected captain here at Iowa State University.”
Farniok, a native of Sioux Falls, S.D., has the most career starts of any returning Cyclone (35) and is considered one of the top centers in the nation. A two-time honorable mention All-Big 12 selection, Farniok is on the 2014 Rimington Award Watch list, given annually to the nation’s best center.
Bibbs, who hails from Chicago, Ill., is one of the nation’s top returning tight ends after catching 39 passes for 462 yards as a junior in 2013. Bibbs, who earned All-Big 12 Second-Team honors last year, is a preseason First-Team All-Big 12 pick and is on the John Mackey Award and CFPA Award watch lists for the nation’s best tight end.
A native of Ames, Iowa, Morrissey led all Cyclones down linemen in tackles (52) and had 6.5 tackles for loss en route to honorable mention All-Big 12 honors in 2013. Morrissey is on the Lott Impact Award Watch list.
“To be chosen by my teammates to represent this program, it means everything to me, especially being around this program as a kid and loving it so much,” Morrissey said. “I will take great pride in leading all of the younger guys in the program and teach them how to step up.”
August 4, 2014