Ames via Miami and Mississippi

Last season a former Mississippi junior college performer made a big impact on the ISU defense. Will John Machado be able to mirror Tim Dobbin's performance this year?

During the past couple of years Iowa State has been able to tap into the plethora of talented football players hailing from Florida – Matt Robertson, Cephus Johnson, Fabian Dodd, Ron Prelow and R.J. Sumrall.


This season seven newcomers hail from the Sunshine State including John Machado.


Machado comes to Iowa State from Miami, Fla. after playing rush defensive end at Itawamba Community College in Mississippi.

There Machado ranked second in the conference with 10 sacks and added more than 40 tackles.

"Rushing the pass is probably my strong point," he said.

The 6-foot-3, 240 pounder said that he still needs to add a little weight to battle with the big guys of the Big 12 – he's trying to get up to 255.

Besides strength, Machado also has speed. He ran the 4x4 in high school and also threw shot put and discus.

Machado graduated from Itawamba in May; he was a late addition to Iowa State's signing class in February. Besides the Cyclones, Machado was looking at Southern Miss and Arkansas State.


When Machado visited Iowa State last December, he was hosted by Cephus Johnson who also hails from Miami.


Machado said Johnson told him it was the place for him.


"[Cephus said] it's a great program and it's where you want to be," Machado said.


Machado arrived in Ames late this summer and hasn't had much free time to learn his way around the city. Coming from Miami to Ames won't be that big of a culture shock for Machado, he said Itawamba was also in a small town.


"I like [Ames], but I haven't had a chance to look around, so I haven't been able to take advantage of it yet," he said.


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