Williams Blog: The fastest Cyclone on the team is?

It’s a question that I get from Iowa State fans all of the time…

"Who is the fastest guy on the team?"

Well first of all, I’m not the guy to ask. I see about as much Iowa State football (maybe a little more with two open practices to the media every year) as you do. 

But I get curious about stuff like this too so last week, I stopped into the Iowa State strength and conditioning offices to hound coordinator Yancy McKnight for a good hour. I put the man, who many within the program consider the "best in America" at his job, on the spot. 

It took McKnight a moment to come to a final conclusion. In fact, he had to go ask his assistant, one Clayton Oyster, for a second opinion before giving me a final answer. 

Last year it was cornerback Jeremy Reeves.

"Hands down," McKnight said. 

And for the upcoming 2013 campaign?

McKnight went with four names: DeVondrick Nealy (running back), Aaron Wimberly (running back), Kenneth Lynn (cornerback) and Jansen Watson (cornerback). 

“Flip a coin on that one," McKnight said. "I’d say it is a toss-up between those four.”

There you have it. 

Check out the site at 11 a.m. today for an exclusive and in-depth interview with McKnight as it will be part four of our "Conversation" series here at 

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.