Warren’s transition part of ISU pride
When Mike Warren came on the stage at Iowa State in 2015, he made a splash, earning Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year honors and racking up 1,339 yards.
In 2016 his workload was pulled back, finishing second on the team with 559 yards on a team-high 134 carries as things started to shift.
This year, the workload has moved to David Montgomery, and Warren has not had the carries that allowed him to display his ability. He only got one carry in Saturday's win over then No. 3 Oklahoma.
However, looking at the Iowa State team and talking to Warren about the transition, it's all for the betterment of the team.
"Whether you are in the gameplan starting or on the sideline, you just have to keep a clear head and support your teammates," Warren said, "That's what I have been preaching since the season started, it doesn't matter what position I am in, I am still going to be there for my teammates."
It's the right thing to say. And for the players at Iowa State, it seems that it's a culture that matters do whatever is needed to improve the team.
"We can't be arrogant enough here right now because of our depth and where we are at," Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell said. "Whatever we think we can do, we have to play together as a team. It's a team sport, and that's what I love about it. Our team is really honest, and that's something that I always wanted as a player. Someone to be really honest with me and let me know what is going on and let me know what they are doing."