Oct 6, 2018; Stillwater, OK, USA; Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy (15) passes while defended by Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive end Mike Scott (91) during the second half at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports
Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy and linebacker Mike Rose have been named to 247Sports‘ Midseason True Freshman All-American team released on Wednesday.
Purdy has taken the college football world by storm since taking over behind center on the second drive of the Cyclones’ 48-42 win over Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The Gilbert, Ariz. native was then magnificent in his first career start against No. 6 West Virginia, throwing for 254 yards and three touchdowns on 18-of-25 passing plus adding 39 yards on 11 carries on the ground, in the team’s 30-14 win.
Through two games at the team’s primary quarterback, Purdy has compiled 572 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions on 36-of-48 passing and added another 122 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
“I remember first seeing Brock in a national 7on7 event with loaded all-star rosters from all over the country,” wrote 247 analyst Barton Simmons. “Brock’s team won the entire tournament with one of the least star-studded groups, primarily because Brock had such a great feel for the game. But he wasn’t just a 7on7 all-star. He had over 4,000 yards passing as a senior and over 1,000 yards rushing and he became a late priority for the likes of Alabama after waiting to commit until very late in the process. He’s got some special traits that have showed up right away in Ames.”
Rose burst onto the scene immediately this season while recording 11 tackles and a tackle for loss in the Cyclones’ season-opening loss to Iowa. The Brecksville, Ohio native is currently fourth on the team with 31 tackles and is tied for third on the team with four tackles for loss. He has also added a sack, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry while seeing action in all six of the team’s games.