Ray Lima named to Outland and Nagurski watch lists

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State All-Big 12 junior defensive tackle Ray Lima was named to a pair of national award watch lists this morning.

Lima is a member of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list, given annually to the nation’s best defensive player, and the Outland Trophy watch list, an award handed out to college football’s best interior lineman

Lima won the Dury Moss Award in 2017 as Iowa State’s top newcomer after an outstanding first season with the Cyclones.

The Los Angeles, Calif., native earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors as the Cyclone leader on the defensive front. His work in the trenches allowed the Cyclones to post historic numbers defensively in 2017, helping ISU rank second in the Big 12 and 26th nationally in scoring defense (20.9). ISU was also third in the league in total defense (366.2).

Iowa State tallied a team-record 96 TFL, ranking second in the Big 12 and 16th nationally, thanks to Lima’s presence up front.

Lima registered nine starts in all 13 games, ending the season with 25 tackles, 4.5 TFL and two QB hurries.

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.