Iowa State Cyclones College Football Preview 2021: Top Players
Best Iowa State Cyclones Offensive Player
RB Breece Hall, Jr.
The 6-1, 215-pounder wasn’t a superstar recruit, but he grew into one of the best backs in college football and a great pro prospect with his combination of toughness and – unlike former star David Montgomery – receiving ability.
He caught 23 passes with two scores to go along with 1,572 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground, hitting the 100-yard mark in each of his first eight games and with 136 in the Fiesta Bowl win over Oregon.
2. QB Brock Purdy, Sr.
3. TE Charlie Kolar, Sr.
4. WR Xavier Hutchinson, Sr.
5. C Colin Newell, Sr.
Best Iowa State Cyclones Defensive Player
LB Mike Rose, Sr.
Is there anything the guy didn’t do last year for the Cyclone D? The 6-4, 245-pound Rose came off a 77-tackle season to make 96 stops with 1.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss with a team-high five picks earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Greg Eisworth might be the Big 12’s best safety and Will McDonald might be the Big 12’s best pass rusher, but Rose is the star of the defense that’s going to be fantastic again.
2. S Greg Eisworth, Sr.
3. DE Will McDonald, Jr.
4. LB Jake Hummel, Sr.
5. DT Eyioma Uwazurike, Sr.
Top Incoming Iowa State Cyclones Transfer
S Jaquan Amos, Sr.
It’s not like the Iowa State secondary needed more help – especially at safety – but it’s about to get it from a grad transfer from Iowa State to add even more playmaking ability to the group. He’s got the 6-1, 190-pound size, three years of experience, and he’s got the stats, coming up with eight picks and and 109 tackles for Villanova before making the trip to Ames.