College Football News Preview 2020: Iowa State Cyclones

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College Football News Preview 2020: Iowa State Cyclones

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College Football News Preview 2020: Top Iowa State Cyclones Players

Best Iowa State Cyclones Offensive Player

QB Brock Purdy, Jr.
There was a time not all that long ago when the Iowa State quarterback job was anything but settled. Remember Joel Lanning, before he became a star linebacker? Kyle Kempt, Jacob Park, Zeb Noland?

2019 was first time in over ten years that just one Iowa State player threw more than 50 passes in a season. Three threw that many or more in 2017, and 2014 was the only other time since 2010 that one Cyclone QB threw more than 100 times in a campaign.

The 6-1, 210-pound Purdy took over in 2018 and the job has been his ever since, throwing for close to 4,000 yards with 27 touchdowns and nine picks last season, to go along with eight scores. He earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors, and it’s not crazy to think he’ll be the best quarterback in the conference this year.

2. TE Charlie Kolar, Jr.
3. RB Breece Hall, Soph.
4. WR Tarique Milton, Jr.
5. OG Trevor Downing, Soph.

Best Iowa State Cyclones Defensive Player

S Greg Eisworth, Sr.
The 6-0, 205-pound veteran safety didn’t make as many tackles, but he became more of a playmaker for a solid secondary that should be among the Big 12’s best.

He followed up his 87-tackle first season with 65 stops as an all-conference performer, but he made up for his lack of stops – others started to pick up the slack – with a whole lot of big plays when the ball was in the air, coming up with ten broken up passes.

2. DE JaQuan Bailey, Sr.
3. S Lawrence White, Sr.
4. LB Mike Rose, Jr.
5. LB O’Rien Vance, Jr.

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