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


Jared is in his sixth year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He's the site's lead reporter for ISU recruiting. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as the full-time staff writer in May 2016. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.