Posted September 03, 2012 on
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Iowa State running back Shontrelle Johnson was forced to confront the possibility that he'd never play football again.
Now Johnson has bounced back from months spent worrying about a neck injury and is in the best shape of his life.
Johnson, who missed much of 2011 following a scary injury in early October, celebrated his return to football on Saturday with the best outing of his career. Johnson rushed for a personal-best 120 yards on 18 carries as Iowa State beat Tulsa 38-23.
Johnson and fellow junior James White will split carries on Saturday when the Cyclones (1-0) play at rival Iowa (1-0).
BEST OF MAXIM
If you're an Iowa State student wearing an Iowa shirt, stay away from A.J. Klein.
You can decide whether or not the photos below classify as bulletin board material. I'll just call it a friendly reminder. After three straight Hawkeye victories in the Cy-Hawk Series, Iowa State knocked off Iowa last year in triple overtime to claim the newly designed (several times) Cy-Hawk trophy.
Relive Iowa State's season opening victory with this Todd Meyer/Wallstars photo gallery.
Members of Iowa State's offense discuss Saturday's road trip to Iowa in this CFTV production.
The stars from Iowa State's 38-23 win over Tulsa react in this CFTV production
Key members of Iowa State's defense discuss Saturday's trip to Iowa City on CFTV.
Video from Paul Rhoads' postgame press conferece after Iowa State's 38-23 win over Tulsa.