17 Cyclones recognized by All-Big 12 teams, Campbell and Eisworth earn awards


Iowa State then-redshirt sophomore Greg Eisworth breaks away during the 2018 Homecoming football game against Texas Tech on Oct. 27, 2018. Eisworth won the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year for the 2018 season.

Trevor Holbrook

For the second-straight year, Matt Campbell received honors from the Big 12. Campbell and Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley shared the 2017 Big 12 Coach of the Year award, and the duo repeated the feat in 2018.

Along with Campbell, safety Greg Eisworth earned Defensive Newcomer of the Year after transferring to Ames from Trinity Valley Community College.

On the All-Big 12 team, Eisworth was named to the first team. Brian Peavy, Charlie Kolar, David Montgomery, Hakeem Butler, Kene Nwangwu, Ray Lima and JaQuan Bailey were added to the second team.

Rounding out the Iowa State selections were Spencer Benton, Brock Purdy, Josh Knipfel, Bryce Meeker, Mike Rose, Sam Seonbuchner, Marcel Spears Jr., Willie Harvey and Julien Good-Jones on the honorable mention list.

Campbell stacked up his second Coach of the Year Award in the Big 12 by building off Iowa State’s progress in 2017. 

Campbell helped make Iowa State relevant in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and the College Football Playoff rankings this season and last season.

The Cyclones tallied six conference wins this year, and Iowa State will seek its eighth win of the season Saturday against Drake.

Iowa State will head to its second bowl game in two years after winning the Liberty Bowl over Memphis last season.

It’s uncertain where the Cyclones are headed, but a big reason for the bowl berth is a solid defense led by Eisworth.

The redshirt sophomore has 84 total tackles with 54 of those being solo. Eisworth’s also chipped in a sack, an interception and two forced fumbles.

The list of awards are voted on by the coaches of the Big 12 and announced Wednesday.