Sep 16, 2017; Akron, OH, USA; Iowa State Cyclones linebacker Joel Lanning (7) returns an interception in the third quarter in a game against the Akron Zips at InfoCision Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports
**The following is a news release from Iowa State Athletics Communications:
AMES – Iowa State senior linebacker/quarterback Joel Lanning has accepted an invitation to participate in the East-West Shrine Game, Jan. 20th in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The NFL Network will broadcast the game.
The East-West Shrine Game is one of the oldest college football all-star games, held annually since 1925.
A true three-way player, Lanning is one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, given each season to the nation’s most versatile college football player.
The two-time team captain switched to linebacker prior to the 2017 season after spending his first four years in Ames as a quarterback.
His transition has been remarkable, leading the Cyclone defense, which ranks 31st nationally in scoring defense (21.1), at the Mike linebacker spot.
Lanning currently ranks 18th nationally in tackles per game (9.4), registering a team-high four double-digit tackle performances, including a career-high 20 stops vs. Texas. His 20 tackles vs. Texas ranks ninth in school history and ties for fourth among FBS players this season.
Lanning also has 8.0 TFL, 4.0 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery on the season.
Lanning’s versatility has been a huge reason the Cyclones are bowl-eligible (7-4 overall, 5-3 Big 12) for the first time since 2012 and appeared in the AP top-25 for the first time since 2005.
He ranks second on the team in rushing (106 yards) and fourth in passing (47 yards) in his spot duty at quarterback. He is 4-of-4 on fourth-down conversion rushes and 4-of-4 on 3rd-down conversion carries.
A native of Ankeny, Iowa, Lanning is the first FBS player since 2006 (Eric Weddle, Utah) to record a sack, interception, fumble recovery, rushing TD and passing TD in a season.
Iowa State East-West Shrine Game Participants
1939 Ed Bock
1951 Jim Doran
1952 Stan Campbell
1961 Tom Watkins
1964 Tom Vaughn
1965 Dick Kasperek
1966 Tim Van Galder
1972 George Amundson
1973 Matt Blair
1974 Tom Goedjen
1980 Dick Cuvelier
1983 Chris Boskey
1988 Joe Henderson
1989 Mike Busch
1990 Blaise Bryant
2001 Kevin DeRonde
2002 Zach Butler
2006 Stevie Hicks
2007 Todd Blythe
2009 Reggie Stephens
2010 David Sims
2017 Joel Lanning