Mike Warren listed as sleeper Heisman candidate by Fox Sports

Iowa State running back Mike Warren burst on to the college football scene as a redshirt freshman in 2015 by becoming a consensus freshman All-American and Big 12 offensive freshman of the year.

A big 2016 season could make Warren a national household name and Fox Sports is taking notice. Writer Dieter Kurtenbach included Warren on his list of 10 sleepers who could win the Heisman Trophy.

“The ultimate longshot: Warren ran for 1339 yards on 227 attempts last year, scoring only five touchdowns — decent numbers, but hardly Heisman marks,” Kurtenbach wrote. “But first-year coach Matt Campbell loves pounding the rock with feature backs. Iowa State has a chance to be a .500 team this year (seriously) and with a showcase Thursday night home contest against Oklahoma on Nov. 3, Warren has an opportunity to come out of nowhere and become a household name. He’s worth a buck waiver.”

Other notable names on the list include Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett and Iowa quarterback CJ Beathard. Kaaya has the best odds on the list at 50-to-1.

Warren is listed as having 500-to-1 odds to win the sport’s most coveted award.

There’s no doubt making his way into the Heisman conversation would require a pretty good bump in production, but it is still pretty cool to see a Cyclone coming up in the national conversation like this.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.