Montgomery named PFF first-team All-American

Nov 4, 2017; Morgantown, WV, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back David Montgomery (32) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State running back David Montgomery has been named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Focus College Football. The sophomore finished the season as the highest-grading running back in the country.

Montgomery rushed for 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns on 234 carries on his way to earning first-team All-Big 12 honors during his sophomore campaign. He also added 288 yards receiving on 35 receptions and was one of the nation’s best pass blocking running backs.

Other Big 12 players on the team include Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Kansas State offensive tackle Blake Risner. Montgomery and Iowa State junior defensive back Brian Peavy were both named PFF first-team All-Big 12 on Tuesday.

Jared Stansbury


Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.