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Football

Campbell named AP’s Big 12 Coach of the Year

Iowa State’s Matt Campbell has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year by the Associated Press. The new organization announced its annual end-of-year awards for the league on Friday.

Campbell, who led the Cyclones to a 7-5 record in his second season at the helm, was also named the conference’s coach of the year by the league’s coaches.

Iowa State’s David Montgomery, Joel Lanning and Kamari Cotton-Moya were also honored as members of the AP’s first-team All-Big 12. Montgomery and Cotton-Moya were first-team selections by the league’s coaches as well while Lanning was a second-team choice.

Allen Lazard, Jake Campos and Brian Peavy all earned second-team honors by the AP. Lazard was a first-team choice by the coaches while Peavy and Campos were both on second-team.

Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year and the Sooners’ Ogbonnia Okoronkwo was named the Big 12’s top defensive player. West Virginia quarterback Will Grier was named the league’s top newcomer.

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.