Unkind Words Toward Punkish Geno Smith by Iowa State Player

by Fred Pahlke | Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2015

If you listen to Iowa State defensive coordinator Wally Burnham, you might get a strong impression that New York Jet quarterback Geno Smith’s broken jaw (out 6-10 weeks) this week by teammate IK Enemkpali was not a surprise.  You get the indication from some that Smith might be a punk.  The much older Burnham (71 at the time) was leaving the field in 2012 at half of the Cyclone, West Virginia game in Ames when then Mountaineer quarterback Smith rudely ran into Burnham without a thought and almost took the Assistant to the ground. Burnham told newspapers covering the game that “he pushed me.”

Burnham’s son, Cyclone assistant Shane Burnham, expounded on the history between Smith and the ISU football program.  From the Des Moines Register:

“We were holding for the West Virginia team to clear the field,” Shane recalled Wednesday. “There was some extra-curricular activity after the last play of the half — Geno didn’t appreciate something by somebody, and he took out his frustration on dad.”

That didn’t sit well with Shane, who did what every son would do.

“I reacted,” Shane said. “Part of it is that it’s your dad, and part of it is it’s your Iowa State brother. It was family and football family for me. It was a double-whammy.

“He had some choice words for dad, and I might have had a few choice words in return.”

After words before the beginning of the 2nd half of the 31-24 West Virginia win was followed by hard feelings on the part of the Iowa State team.

Following the game, Cyclones linebacker Jake Knott tweeted:

“G. Smith trying to push over Coach W Burnham at half was the most classless thing I’ve seen. Esp. from a “leader” #GrowUp

Did Smith apologize to Wally Burnham?

“You think so?” he responded.

That’s a no.

Seems like what comes around goes around.  Smith might be a punk?  Probably.

Photo credit:  The Iowa State football team faced Kansas State University on Saturday, October 13 at Jack Trice Stadium. After a long battle, Iowa State fell to the Wildcats with a final score of 27-21. Photo: Huiling Wu and Grace Steenhagen/Iowa State Daily


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