Iowa State's Shontrelle Johnson To Miss Liberty Bowl

Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Jared Barnett (7) hands the ball to running back Shontrelle Johnson (21) during practice prior to the game against West Virginia at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Friday, November 23, 2012. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

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By Grant Burkhardt

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State running back Shontrelle Johnson will miss the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 against Tulsa with a knee injury.

Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads says Johnson injured his right knee making a cut during practice on Saturday. Rhoads says Johnson likely will have surgery in January.

Johnson started six games this season. He leads Iowa State (6-6) with 504 yards rushing.

Iowa State likely will start James White against Tulsa (10-3). White rushed for 469 yards on 5.3 yards per carry this season.

Johnson's injury also could open up more playing time for backup Jeff Woody.

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