IRVING, Texas – The Big 12 football coaches selected their All-Big 12 teams Wednesday afternoon, and 17 Cyclones were awarded postseason honors for their exploits on the gridiron in 2018.
Sophomore Greg Eisworth (S) was named First-Team All-Big 12, while junior David Montgomery (RB), junior Hakeem Butler (WR), freshman Charlie Kolar (TE), sophomore Kene Nwangwu (KR), junior JaQuan Bailey (DE), junior Ray Lima (DT) and senior Brian Peavy (CB) were named to the second team.
Senior Spencer Benton (DE), senior Willie Harvey (LB), junior Josh Knipfel (OL), junior Julian Good-Jones (OL), junior Bryce Meeker (OL), freshman Brock Purdy (QB), freshman Mike Rose (LB), senior Sam Seonbuchner(FB) and junior Marcel Spears (LB) were honorable mention selections.
A native of Grand Prairie, Texas, Eisworth was also named the Big 12’s Defensive Newcomer of the Year, leading the Cyclones and ranking seventh in the league in tackles at 7.6. He also has 4.0 TFL, one interception, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles, tying for the team lead.
Eisworth has led the team in tackles in five of 11 games this season, including a career-high 14 vs. Oklahoma.
Montgomery, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, who earned first-team accolades in 2017, is having another banner year for the Cyclones, ranking fourth in the league and 30th nationally in rushing at 94.7 yards per game.
Montgomery, who also leads the team in touchdowns with 10, is just 53 yards shy of becoming only the eighth player in school history with multiple 1,000-yard seasons. He’s posted five 100-yard rushing games this year, including a career-high 189 vs. West Virginia.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Butler is recording the finest season by a Cyclone receiver in school history, leading the team in receiving yards (1,059), receptions (47) and touchdown catches (9). He needs 15 receiving yards to become ISU’s single-season leader and one touchdown catch to tie the school mark.
Butler ranks second nationally in yards per reception (22.5) and is third nationally in receptions of 40 yards or longer (10).
Kolar, who hails from Norman, Okla., gave the Cyclones a threat at tight end in 2018, tallying 10 catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns, tying for third on ISU’s rookie record book.
Nwangwu, a native of Frisco, Texas, is one of the best kickoff returners in the nation, leading the Big 12 and ranking eighth nationally in KR return average at 27.4. His career 26.7 average is the best in school history.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Bailey led the Cyclones and ranked in the top-10 in the Big 12 in both sacks (6.0) and TFL (11.5). He also has recorded 34 tackles to lead all down linemen.
Bailey’s 16.5 career sacks at Iowa State ties for third in school history.
Lima, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., is one of the top run-stoppers in the Big 12, helping the Cyclones lead the league in scoring defense (22.4) and rushing defense (128.1). Lima has 32 tackles and 3.5 TFL on the season.
A native of Houston, Texas, Peavy is finishing his stellar Cyclone career by earning some sort off All-Big 12 recognition in all four seasons (2015, HM; 2016, HM; 2017, 2nd; 2018, 2nd).
Peavy graded out as one of the top cornerbacks nationally in 2018, registering 46 tackles, eight pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He is ISU’s active career leader in starts (45), interceptions (5), forced fumbles (5) and passes defended (43), a total which ranks second among active NCAA FBS players.