Rimington Watch List. ... Earned his degree in the summer (2014) and is taking graduate courses.
Played in 11 games, starting nine games at center ... All-Big 12 Second-Team (San Antonio Express-News) and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Coaches) ... voted the team's top offensive lineman (Arthur Floyd Scott Award) .. had his 27-game streak of consecutive starts end after suffering a knee injury in the season-opener vs. UNI ... missed the Iowa game and started the final nine games at center.
Started all 13 games at center, running his consecutive games streak to 26 games ... named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.
Received Iowa State's Dury Moss Award, given to the most outstanding newcomer ... started all 13 games at center for the Cyclones.
Redshirted initial collegiate season.
Chose Iowa State over offers from North Dakota, North Dakota State and South Dakota State ... three-year letterwinner for Washington High School ... team captain of Washington Warrior team that went 13-0 and claimed the Class 11AA state title, Washington's first since 1976 ... Class 11AA First-Team All-State ... named offensive MVP of All-City Team ... First-Team Greater Dakota All-Conference as senior and junior ... academic All-Conference and All-State in 2009 ... named to Argus Leader "Elite 45" ... 2008 Class 11AA first-team All-State ... honorable mention All-conference as a sophomore ... coached by Brian Hermanson ... also lettered in basketball and track.
Born Aug. 31, 1991 ... son of Brad Farniok and Christine Jones ... father played football at St. Cloud State, uncle at South Dakota State ... brother, Derek, plays football at Oklahoma ... kinesiology and health major.
08/11/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON RIMINGTON TROPHY AWARD WATCH LIST: Tom Farniok, Iowa State, Senior...Since his humble beginnings as a rookie, Farniok has matured into one of ISU's best players. He's also a strong contender to become a team captain in 2014. "I think it would mean a lot," Farniok said about being named a captain. "I've been a big leader for the past two years and it's something I am striving for." Farniok won't make excuses for last season, but you can't hide from the fact that injuries decimated the offensive line. Farniok injured his knee in the season-opener vs. UNI and would be the first to admit he never fully recovered to 100 percent the entire season. - Iowa State football