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Oklahoma football: Tom Farniok proud of little brother Derek's development

by Jason Kersey Modified: July 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm •  Published: July 22, 2014
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Iowa State players Cory Morrissey, right,  Jovohn Miller, center, and Tom Farniok  playfully pose for a photo at the broadcasters desk during the NCAA college Big 12 Conference football media days in Dallas, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo)
Iowa State players Cory Morrissey, right, Jovohn Miller, center, and Tom Farniok playfully pose for a photo at the broadcasters desk during the NCAA college Big 12 Conference football media days in Dallas, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo)

DALLAS — Iowa State senior offensive lineman Tom Farniok represented the Cyclones at Big 12 Media Days, and spoke some about his brother, OU junior Derek Farniok.

Farniok started the Sooners’ 33-24 Bedlam upset of Oklahoma State after starting tackle Tyrus Thompson was injured the week before.

“He played well,” Tom Farniok said. “He had one holding call that was just a horrific call, and he had one other one where he just got beat and had to grab onto the guy. I think he gave up one pressure. I mean, for your first start in a big-time game like that, that’s a solid game.

“Then you look at the final drive when it was go-time, and he was on. He made the blocks he needed to. That says you can lean on him when it’s a high-pressure time.”

Derek Farniok came to OU a big and strong — but very raw — talent. The Farnioks are from Sioux Falls, S.D.

“I think it was an eye-opener,” Tom Farniok said. “He was used to being the biggest, strongest guy, but he was very, very raw.I talked to Stoops a little bit today; he said he’s doing well and coming into his own.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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