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
Fla. after playing rush defensive end
at Itawamba Community
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
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
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
Ames won't be that big of a culture
shock for Machado, he said Itawamba was also in a small town.
[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.