With Kelechi Osemele and Hayworth Hicks likely headed to the NFL center Tom Farniok becomes the leader on the offensive line at Iowa State. Farniok started every game as a freshman last season and anchors a unit that has three starters returning.

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads who says Farniok did not perform like a first year starter in 2011 and was remarkable the way he played. He says the center makes all the line calls and that was something Farniok did, and that allowed them to raise the bar as far as what the offense could do.

Rhoads expects Farniok to be even better next season as he has put on weight and increase his strength and says their offsides penalties went down as the season wore on as they relied on the center for the cadence.

Iowa State’s spring game is April 14th