Pair of Cyclones notch Big 12 awards


Josh Newell

Iowa State’s red shirt sophomore Offensive Lineman Jacob Homa (55) jumps on red shirt junior Defensive Lineman Demond Tucker (97) after he scored a tackle against Northern Iowa Saturday September 6, 2015 in Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones triumphed over the Panthers 31 to 7, scoring three of their four touchdowns in the second half.

Luke Manderfeld

Freshman running back Mike Warren and defensive lineman Demond Tucker grabbed their first-ever Big 12 awards on Wednesday. 

Warren became the first Cyclone in history to grab a Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year award. He climbed the ISU ranks in 2015, shattering the ISU freshman single-season rushing record in the middle of the season, despite not starting in the first two games of the season.  

Warren, a Lawton, Okla., native, burst on the scene by running for 1,366 yards this season and averaging 131.7 yards per game in Big 12 play. 

Tucker mentioned his desire to be Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in his first season with Iowa State since transferring in from Copiah-Lincoln Community College. 

He didn’t get exactly that, but he was close. 

Tucker notched Big 12 Newcomer of the Year with his 13 tackles for a loss and six sacks. He also amassed 28 tackles and added a forced fumble. 

Check back with the Iowa State Daily for an updated story later in the day with quotes from players.