AMES, Iowa – Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell was named Big 12 Coach of the Year by the Associated Press on Friday.
Campbell was also named Big 12 Coach of the Year by the league’s coaches last week.
The second-year coach led Iowa State to a 7-5 overall record and 5-4 conference record in 2017, after winning just three games all of last season. The Cyclones are also going to a bowl game for the first time since 2012.
To go along with Campbell’s Big 12 Coach of the Year, Iowa State had three players named to the All-Big 12 first-team and three players named to the All-Big 12 second-team by the Associated Press.
Running back David Montgomery, linebacker Joel Lanning and safety Kamari Cotton-Moya were first-team selections. Offensive lineman Jake Campos, receiver Allen Lazard and cornerback Brian Peavy were second-team selections.
Montgomery was second in the conference in rushing, averaging 91.2 yards. Lanning was second in the league in tackles with 110, he also recorded 10 tackles for a loss and five sacks. Cotton-Moya led the Cyclones with interceptions with three and recorded 60 tackles.
Lazard made himself one of the conferences most reliable targets, breaking nearly every Iowa State receiving record. Teams were reluctant to throw Peavy’s way because of his ball skills, even still, he recorded two interceptions and had seven pass break ups. He also led the Cyclones with four forced turnovers. Campos was the key piece on the offensive line. He seeled defensive ends for Montgomery to bounce the ball outside, and he also kept Iowa State’s quarterback clean. The Cyclones as a whole were second in the Big 12 in fewest sacks allowed.
Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield is the unanimous pick as Big 12 offensive player of the year for the second time in three seasons, and the Heisman Trophy finalist is also the first quarterback to be a first-team pick in the league three straight years.
The playoff-bound Sooners have six first-team picks, a week after they won their 11th Big 12 title overall — and third in a row. That includes linebacker/defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo as the league's top defensive player.
Mayfield, the AP player of the year, was also the league's top offensive player in 2015, when the Sooners went to the College Football Playoff in his first season as their starter. Big-play Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook, who caught passes from Mayfield, took the honor last year when both were Heisman finalists.
Okoronkwo was among five different players who got votes for the defensive of the year award. Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson, Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning , TCU end and league sacks leader Mat Boesen , and Longhorns safety and Big 12 interceptions leader DeShon Elliott were all first-team picks and also got top player votes.
West Virginia junior quarterback Will Grier, a former Florida transfer, was named the league's top newcomer.
AP All-Big 12
QB- u-Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, 6-1, 220, Sr., Austin, Texas.
RB-u-Justice Hill, Oklahoma St., 5-10, 185, So., Tulsa, Oklahoma.
RB-David Montgomery, Iowa St., 5-11, 219, So., Cincinnati.
T-u-Orlando Brown, Oklahoma, 6-8, 345, Jr., Duluth, Georgia.
T-Dalton Risner, Kansas St., 6-5, 300, Jr., Wiggins, Colorado.
G-Ben Powers, Oklahoma, 6-4, 310, Jr., Wichita, Kansas.
G-Marcus Keyes, Oklahoma St., 6-3, 300, So., Port Allen, Louisiana.
C-Erick Wren, Oklahoma, 6-1, 306, Sr., Mesquite, Texas.
TE-u-Mark Andrews, Oklahoma, 6-5, 254, Jr., Scottsdale, Arizona.
WR-James Washington, Oklahoma St., 6-0, 205, Sr., Stamford, Texas.
WR-David Sills V, West Virginia, 6-4, 203, Jr., Wilmington, Delaware.
All-Purpose: KaVontae Turpin, TCU, 5-9, 153, Jr., Monroe, Louisiana.
K-Matthew McCrane, Kansas St., 5-10, 165, Sr., Brownwood, Texas.
DE-Mat Boesen, TCU, 6-4, 240, Sr., Torrance, California.
DE-Ben Banogu, TCU, 6-4, 245, Jr. McKinney, Texas.
DT-Poona Ford, Texas, 6-0, 305, Sr., Hilton Head, South Carolina.
DT-Will Geary, Kansas St., 6-0, 306, Sr., Topeka, Kansas.
LB-Malik Jefferson, Texas, 6-3, 240, Jr., Mesquite, Texas.
LB-Joel Lanning, Iowa St., 6-2, 230, Sr., Ankeny, Iowa.
LB-Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma, 6-1, 240, Sr., Houston.
CB-D.J. Reed, Kansas St., 5-9, 188, Jr., Bakersfield, California.
CB-Ranthony Texada, TCU, 5-10, 170, Sr., Frisco, Texas.
S-DeShon Elliott, Texas, 6-2, 210, Jr., Rockwall, Texas.
S-Kamari Cotton-Moya, Iowa St., 6-2, 198, Sr., Bakersfield, California.
P-Michael Dickson, Texas, 6-3, 205, Jr., Sydney, Australia.
QB-Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma St., 6-5, 230, Sr., Rock Hill, South Carolina.
RB-Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma, 6-2, 218, So., Katy, Texas.
RB-Justin Crawford, West Virginia, 6-0, 200, Sr., Columbus, Georgia.
T-Jake Campos, Iowa St., 6-8, 300, Sr., West Des Moines, Iowa.
T-Zachary Crabtree, Oklahoma St., 6-7, 310, Sr., Mansfield, Texas.
G-Matt Pryor, TCU, 6-7, 338, Sr., Long Beach, California.
G-Dru Samia, Oklahoma, 6-5, 302, Jr., Sacramento, California.
C-Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma St., 6-3, 300, Sr., Argyle, Texas.
TE-Ben Johnson, Kansas, 6-5, 245, Sr., Basehor, Kansas.
WR-Allen Lazard, Iowa St., 6-5, 222, Sr., Urbandale, Iowa.
WR-Keke Coutee, Texas Tech, 5-11, 180, Jr., Lufkin, Texas.
All-Purpose: D.J. Reed, Kansas St., 5-9, 188, Jr.
K-Austin Seibert, Oklahoma, 5-9, 210, Jr., Belleville, Illinois.
DE-Dorance Armstrong Jr., Kansas, 6-4, 246, Jr., Houston
DE-Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 250, So., Tulsa, Oklahoma.
DT-DeQuinton Osborne, Oklahoma St., 6-0, 305, Sr., Grand Prairie, Texas.
DT-Daniel Wise, Kansas, 6-3, 290, Jr., Lewisville, Texas.
LB-Travin Howard, TCU, 6-1, 213, Sr., Longview, Texas.
LB-Joe Dineen, Jr., Kansas, 6-2, 230, Jr., Lawrence, Kansas.
LB-Dakota Allen, Texas Tech, 6-1, 235, Jr., Humble, Texas.
CB-Kris Boyd, Texas, 6-0, 200 Jr., Gilmer, Texas.
CB-Brian Peavy, Iowa St., 5-9, 190, Jr., Houston.
S-Tre Flowers, Oklahoma St., 6-3, 200, Sr., Converse, Texas.
S-Nick Orr, TCU, 5-10, 187, Sr. S, DeSoto, Texas.
P-Nick Walsh, Kansas St., 5-11, 207, Sr., Lyndon, Kansas.
Coach of the year — Matt Campbell, Iowa State.
Offensive player of the year — Baker Mayfield, QB, Sr., Oklahoma.
Defensive player of the year — Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE/LB, Sr., Oklahoma.
Newcomer of the year — Will Grier, QB, Jr., West Virginia
AP All-Big 12 Voting Panel:
Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman; Tommy Birch, Des Moines Register; Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman; Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News; Paul Catalina, ESPN Central Texas; Mark Cooper, Tulsa World; Bill Haisten, Tulsa World; Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman; Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal; Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World; Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star; Sean Manning, The Dominion Post; Carlos Mendez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Tyler Palmateer, Norman Transcript; Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register; Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle; Mitch Vingle, Charleston Gazette-News; John Werner, Waco Tribune-Herald; Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.