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Each day leading up to Iowa State’s season opener against South Dakota State, Cyclone Fanatic will check another day off the calendar with a memorable statistic, player or game as part of our Countdown to Kickoff presented by Tailgate Clothing. 

Few defensive linemen in the history of Iowa State football have had more productive careers than Shawn Moorehead. The former walk-on from Mason City excelled while wearing No. 40 during his Iowa State career spanning from 2004-06, eventually becoming the program’s all-time leader in sacks.

Moorehead burst onto the scene as a sophomore in 2004 recording 4.5 sacks, nine tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and 46 tackles overall. He was a key piece of the 2005 squad considered among the best defensive lines in program history, compiling 34 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.

His banner year came in 2006 when he recorded 8.5 sacks, which still stands as the school’s single-season record, 12 tackles for loss, 46 total tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. Moorehead’s senior season earned him honorable mention All-Big 12 honors to go along with being a three-time Academic All-District selection.

To this day, Moorehead’s 18.5 career sacks are the most in program history. His career 30.5 tackles for loss also remain sixth all-time in the school record books.

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.