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Iowa State football awards banquet recap

Nov 3, 2016; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell and Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver Allen Lazard (5) celebrate on the sidelines during their game with the Oklahoma Sooners at Jack Trice Stadium. Oklahoma beat Iowa State 34 to 24. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

The following is a press release courtesy of Iowa State athletics communications. 

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State football team held its awards banquet Sunday afternoon at the Sukup End Zone Club, as head coach Matt Campbell presented this season’s honors to the members of the team.

Junior wide receiver Allen Lazard produced one of the greatest seasons for a wideout in school history in 2016 and was rewarded by earning Pete Taylor Most Valuable Player honors. Lazard led the Cyclones in receptions (69), receiving yards (1,018) and touchdown receptions (7), ranking second and third, respectively, on ISU’s season record list.

Lazard, who was also winner of the Ray Scott Outstanding Skill Player Award, broke the school record for 100-yard receiving games (6) and is only seven receptions shy from breaking the career school record currently held by Todd Blythe (176, 2004-07).

Senior cornerback Jomal Wiltz won the Al and Dean Knudson Award as the team’s top defensive skill player. Wiltz had 49 tackles, 2.0 TFL, nine PBU and tied for the team lead in interceptions with two.

The Dury Moss Outstanding Newcomer Award went to offensive lineman Brian Bobek, defensive back D’Andre Payne and long snapper Steve Wirtel.

Seniors Mitchell Meyers and Nick Fett were awarded ISU’s top defensive and offensive lineman, respectively. Meyers started all 12 games at defensive end after sitting out the 2015 season while battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He finished the year with 28 tackles and 4.5 TFL. Fett started all 12 games at guard, helping the Iowa State offense produce record-setting numbers.

2016 Iowa State Football Awards

Pete Taylor Most Valuable Player: Allen Lazard

Defensive Scout Team Players of the Year: Jatairis Grant and Aaron Austin

Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year: Kyle Kempt

Special Teams Scout Team Player of the Year: Anthony Lazard

Academic Award: Mitchell Meyers

Ennis Haywood Consideration Award: Mitchell Harger

Ruben J. Miller Award: Brian Bonacci

Dury Moss Outstanding Newcomers of the Year: Brian Bobek, D’Andre Payne, Steve Wirtel

Outstanding Walk-On Players: Brian Seda, Spencer Benton, Chris Francis

Bill Dailey Unsung Hero Award: Joel Lanning, Kane Seeley

Ray Scott Outstanding Offensive Skill Player: Allen Lazard

Al and Dean Knudson Outstanding Defensive Skill Player: Jomal Wiltz

Arthur Floyd Scott Outstanding Defensive Lineman: Mitchell Meyers

Arthur Floyd Scott Outstanding Offensive Lineman: Nick Fett

Jim Doran Outstanding Special Teams Players: Josh Jahlas and Cole Netten

Ralph Aulmann Memorial Captain Award: Allen Lazard, Joel Lanning, Mitchell Meyers, Kamari Cotton-Moya

Chris Williams

administrator

Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old CycloneNation.com (Scout.com). He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, CycloneReport.com and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.