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Sep 2, 2017; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Brian Peavy (10) tackles Northern Iowa Panthers running back Trevor Allen (25) at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

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 backs in college football enter the 2018 season with as many career accolades as Brian Peavy. The 5-foot-9 senior from Houston is already a three-time All-Big 12 honoree and has twice been named the program’s Outstanding Defensive Player.

Peavy recorded 88 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries in 2017, all of which were career-highs. He also added nine pass breakups and two interceptions on his way to first-team All-Big 12 honors and earning the distinction as one of the best pure cover corners in college football.

Entering his senior season, Peavy has compiled 232 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 30 pass breakups, five interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 1.5 sacks during his Iowa State career.

Peavy will be one of a handful of Iowa State players with a high chance of hearing his name called in the NFL Draft next spring and is regarded as one of the top NFL prospects at the position by Pro Football Focus.

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.