Purdy, Rose, Allen and Foster announce they will be returning for 2021 season


Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy celebrates after being named 2020 Fiesta Bowl Offensive Player of the Game. (Photo courtesy of PlayStation Fiesta Bowl/Slingshot Photography)

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Iowa State fans received some good news shortly after Iowa State’s Fiesta Bowl victory, as four of Iowa State’s most impactful players in quarterback Brock Purdy, tight end Chase Allen, linebacker Mike Rose and offensive lineman Sean Foster are returning for their senior seasons.

After winning the program’s first New Year’s Six bowl game in the 2020 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Purdy and Rose told media that they both will be returning for another season in Ames in 2021.

“Yeah, I’m coming back for my senior year,” Purdy told reporters post game on Saturday.

Allen announced his decision on his Twitter page.

Purdy and Rose are among many players on Iowa State’s historic 9-3 season that are eligible to declare for the NFL Draft based on their junior status, the first year a player can declare for the NFL Draft.

Allen, a redshirt senior, caught 19 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the 2020 season.

Purdy was named 2020 Fiesta Bowl Offensive Player of the Game and Rose collected his fifth interception of the season to seal the win for Iowa State over Oregon. Rose was also named 2020 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Two days after the Fiesta Bowl, Foster added to the players returning for Iowa State with an announcement in a tweet.

Foster started all 12 games for the Cyclones in 2020 at left tackle and will look to continue that role in 2021.