AMES, Iowa – Junior college transfer Emmanuel Bibbs will be suiting up for Iowa State in the upcoming 2013 football season. Bibbs, a native of Chicago, Ill. officialized his decision to play for the Cardinal and Gold this past December.
The junior tight-end received a lot of attention after his work at Arizona Western. Big 12 rival Oklahoma made a late push at signing Bibbs, but he had already made his decision. Bibbs officially signed with the Cyclones on Dec. 19 after two strong seasons with the Matadors.
Several things encouraged Bibbs’ decision to play for Iowa State. The biggest contributor was Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads, whose respect and sincerity convinced the Chicagoan that Ames was the place for him.
“Coach Rhoads is a heck of a coach,” Bibbs said. “I really liked the way he brought me out here and showed belief in my abilities. The community and academic programs really put me in a good position here too. After the coaching staff, the academics were the biggest reason I chose to play [for Iowa State].”
Bibbs caught 22 passes for 230 yards and six touchdowns in his sophomore campaign, leading Arizona Western to a victory in the 2012 El Toro Bowl. His elite play earned him recognition as a second-team JUCO All-American. He was ranked 76th in the Rivals.com post-season JUCO rankings. Rhoads sees Bibb’s potential and is looking to capitalize on his playmaking skill set.
“Emmanuel is a tight-end that can make people miss,” Rhoads said. “Defenses had to respect his big-play ability [last season].”
Bibbs stands at 6-3, which is towards the shorter end of the spectrum when discussing tight ends. That hasn’t hindered his production, though, as he racked up 230 yards receiving and six touchdowns. Bibbs attributes on-field success to his ball skills.
The Iowa State spring game is a source of excitement for both fans and players alike. It gives the players a chance to put on the pads and Cyclone uniform at a time of year not typically reserved for football. Bibbs is no different and is looking forward to the game and upcoming fall season.
“Playing tight-end is a tough job,” Bibbs said. “You have to block, run and catch, and I believe my skill set fits in well with the offensive scheme. I’m looking forward to this season. It’s going to be very exciting for me when I put on the uniform for the first time.”
Bibbs is currently enrolled at Iowa State and is participating in team workouts at the new Bergstrom Indoor Facility.