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Netten and Lazard named first team All-Big 12

Nov 12, 2016; Lawrence, KS, USA;  Iowa State Cyclones kicker Cole Netten (1) kicks a field goal against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

A pair of Iowa State Cyclones have been named to the All-Big 12 first-team as selected by the conference’s coaches. Senior kicker Cole Netten and junior wide receiver Allen Lazard both were named among the league’s elite when the Big 12 released the teams on Wednesday.

Senior offensive lineman Nick Fett, senior defensive tackles Demond Tucker and Jhaustin Thomas and junior safety Kamari Cotton-Moya were selected to the second-team. Sophomore linebacker Willie Harvey, true freshman kick returner Kene Nwangwu, sophomore cornerback Brian Peavy, senior offensive lineman Patrick Scoggins and senior cornerback Jomal Wiltz were honorable mention selections.

Netten, an Ankeny-native, capped his record-setting career by hitting 16-of-17 field goals during his senior campaign to lead the conference, and finish third nationally, in field goal percentage (94.1 percent). He’s the school’s most accurate kicker ever (79.4 percent) and finishes as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 300 points.

Lazard put together one of the best seasons by a wide receiver in program history in 2016, becoming just the fourth player at Iowa State to record 1,000 yards receiving. His 69 catches is the second-best total in a single-season at Iowa State. He announced last week he’ll return for his senior season rather than declare for the NFL Draft.

Oklahoma’s Dede Westbrook was named Offensive Player of the Year and Kansas State’s Ryan Willis was pegged as the Defensive Player of the Year.

Jared Stansbury

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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.

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