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Lanning named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week

Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning has been named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the Cyclones’ 38-31 upset win over No. 3 Oklahoma.

Lanning recorded eight tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery for the Iowa State defense. The former quarterback also returned to the other side of the ball to complete two passes for 25 yards and run for 35 yards on nine carries.

The award is the first of what will surely be a number of honors Lanning will receive this week. The Ankeny native was also awarded a helmet sticker by ESPN‘s Jesse Palmer on last night’s College Football Final show.

Allen Lazard‘s game-winning touchdown catch from Kyle Kempt was also Sportscenter‘s top play of the day. Iowa State will host Kansas next Saturday at 11 a.m. in Jack Trice Stadium.

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.