Iowa State will be without its leading rusher in the Liberty Bowl
Running back Shontrelle Johnson will need surgery after injuring his knee in practice.
|A knee injury will keep Shontrelle Johnson out of the Liberty Bowl. (US Presswire)|
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Johnson injured his right knee in a noncontact drill during practice Sunday, and he'll need surgery on the knee.
“He planted, and you know how violently he plants,” said Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads after practice. “Something gave. I think what he’s gone through already with the neck has helped his mind-set. He knows what he’s got in front of him as far as rehab, and he’ll do a great job with it.”
Johnson missed the Pinstripe Bowl last season after suffering a neck injury.
Running back James White suffered a head injury last week and did not practice on Sunday, though Rhoads fully expects White to be healthy for the bowl game and start in Johnson's place.
Johnson finished the regular season as Iowa State's leading rusher with 504 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught 14 passes for 115 yards and another touchdown.
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